The Galloway Glens Scheme has now submitted its application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This sets out five years of delivery work, scheduled to run from 2018-23, supporting a range of projects from heritage centres, to access improvements to apprenticeships and training for local people in heritage skills.
This development phase has run from early 2016 and culminated in the stage 2 application being sent to HLF on Friday August 11th. The Scheme’s development officer, McNabb Laurie said:
“What an incredible year – we have learned so much about our landscape and developed a suite of projects with partners varying from large organisations to small. I must say thank you so much to everyone who has played a part over the last year, particularly people giving their own time to assist the scheme and its aims to use the area’s heritage to support the local economy and sustainable communities. I am really proud of the application we have put forward.
My role now comes to an end and we look forward to a decision from HLF expected by the end of the year.”
The Scheme is overseen by the Partnership Board, chaired by Sir Alex Fergusson. The Partnership board has met 8 times through this period and has been closely involved in the development of the scheme. Sir Alex said:
This is a really exciting time for everyone involved in the Galloway Glens Scheme and I must thank the other members of the Partnership Board – every single one of whom has fed into this process and ensured that we have benefitted from such an engaged oversight of the development of this scheme. Thanks are also due to the members of the Working Groups who have all given willingly of their time to help us, particularly in assessing project ideas and designing the various studies undertaken. And I would offer particular thanks to the staff who I know have worked long and hard to bring this application in on time along with the countless individuals and organisations from across the area that have fed into the process, contributing their time and expertise so willingly.
The Galloway Glens scheme will make a very real difference to those living in and visiting this corner of the country, and presents us with a fabulous opportunity to shout about what makes this area special. The economic benefits of schemes like this are always at the forefront of our minds and I am particularly pleased to note that 80% of the development funding has been spent with local businesses in Dumfries and Galloway, equating to £148,000 of the HLF development grant.
So its fingers crossed for a positive decision from HLF and then the real work can get underway in 2018.”