Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER are delighted to announce that they have secured a further £574,000 from Scottish Government for projects across the region. The rural development programme based in New Abbey was assessed with 19 other Scottish areas before the Scottish Government announced that Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme would be allocated the highest level of additional funding in Scotland.
LEADER in Dumfries & Galloway have already supported 86 projects across the region with grants totalling £3 million. The team are keen to see more rural communities across Dumfries & Galloway benefit from this additional investment and are encouraging anyone who is interested to get in touch with the team as soon as possible.
Ros Halley, Rural Development Manager in Dumfries & Galloway explained how important it is to move quickly with this extra support, "We are very happy indeed to be allocated this extra funding for our rural communities; however, we will need to be bold if we are to make the most of it. Firstly all the funding has to be committed to projects by the end of this year and spent by the end of 2013 and as we can only fund up to 50% that means that community groups and organisations will need to either have their match-funding in place or else be able to move quickly to secure it from another source. We expect that an extra 20 projects will be able to be supported and that these additional projects will make a real and lasting difference to our region".