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Funding awarded to the 'best' festivals in rural Scotland

Lockerbie Jazz Festival is set to get £6,000 of funding Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries and Galloway's festivals and events are the "best in rural Scotland", according to its Council.

The claim accompanies its announcement of £339,000 of funding awards to major events projects.

This includes £45,000 being set aside to bring back the Tour of Britain to the region in September 2016.

Other recipients are as follows:

  • £65,000 Wigtown Book Festival
  • £65,000 Spring Fling
  • £6,000 to the Pipe Band Competition in Annan
  • £8,000 to The Eden Festival, Raehills
  • £12,000 to Electric Fields Festival, Drumlanrig Castle
  • £9,000 to the Galloway Hills Rally, the Stewartry
  • £4,000 to the International Musicians Platform,
  • £6,000 to the Lockerbie Jazz Festival, Lockerbie
  • £4,000 to the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
  • £9,000 to the Merrick Stages Rally, Wigtownshire
  • £8,000 to the Pack Up Your Troubles Festival, Gretna and Eastriggs,
  • £15,000 to International Sheep Dog Trials, Courance, near Lockerbie
  • £6,000 to the Trophy d’Ecosse, Dumfries Ice Bowl
  • £15,000 for World Championship Ice Hockey, Dumfries Ice Bowl
  • £19,000 to other projects

Funding available for safety initiatives

People are being urged to apply for 'vital' funding to help make Dumfries and Galloway safer.

The Community Safety Fund is open to organisations and community groups running safety initiatives across the county.

The Fund exists to support projects aiming to make people feel safer in their neighbourhoods and to reduce the number of victims of crime and anti-social behaviour.

"This vital funding will support small scale projects and initiatives across Dumfries and Galloway to tackle some of the community safety issues our communities experience.

"I would encourage anyone with a project that might potentially benefit from the community safety fund to apply now or get in touch with us for further information."

– Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chairman Community and Customer Services Committee

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31 March 2015, and more information is available on the Council's website.

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Dumfries and Galloway schools get funding

Six schools in Dumfries and Galloway will receive money from Education Scotland's Access to Education Fund.

The fund aims to reduce barriers to learning for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The schools involved are:

  • Auchencairn and Borgue Primary Schools - £8,460
  • Belmont Primary School - £4,640
  • Lochside Primary School - £1,600
  • Maxwelltown High School - £4,650
  • Penninghame Primary School - £2,000
  • Wallace Hall Academy - £5,000

The Council believes the money will be put to good use.

"Providing the best start in life for all our children and being an inclusive council are two of our key priorities.

I'm delighted that we have secured this funding, which will reduce barriers to learning for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds."

– Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the Education Committee

Dumfries and Galloway events to get funding

Lockerbie Jazz Festival is one of twelve festivals set to receive funding Credit: ITV Border

Twelve festivals in Dumfries and Galloway are set to receive £250,000 of events funding.

The money will come from the Council’s Major Events Strategic Fund, and Councillors will be asked to approve it at the Policy and Resources committee next week.

The festivals that could benefits from the funding are:

  • Pipe Bands Competition in Annan
  • Eden Fesitval
  • Electric Fields
  • Galloway Hills Rally
  • International Musicians Platform
  • Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
  • Lockerbie Jazz Festival
  • Merrick Stages Rally
  • Pack Up Your Troubles Festival
  • Sheep Dog Trials
  • Trophy D’Ecosse
  • World Championship Ice Hockey

The council says the money will help to deliver successful events and thus provide significant economic benefits for the local economy.

“Building the local economy is the number one priority of the Administration. As part of our budget, we have agreed a dedicated fund of £250,000 to support major events and festivals in our region.

"Over the past couple of years, Dumfries and Galloway has provided some top quality events. This funding will allow us to invest in even more money to grow and develop a wider variety of sporting and cultural events."

– Cllr Colin Smyth,Council Events Champion

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Dumfries and Galloway munitions museum receives funding boost

A tourist attraction in Dumfries and Galloway has been awarded almost £160,000 for their new museum which will open later this year.

The Devil's Porridge Museum in Eastriggs tells the story of munitions workers in the area during WWI.

The money, from the Coastal Community Fund, will go towards the running costs of the new exhibition centre, interactive displays and funding full time staff.

It's hoped the the state of the art centre will attract 12-15,000 visitors per year and support another 13 tourism jobs in the region.

New museum in Eastriggs Credit: ITV News
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