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People tackling poverty funding

Funding has been identified to support projects developed by community groups and local people which tackle poverty. You now have a chance to vote for the projects you want to see funded.

Available funding

There is £240,000 available to distribute to community projects across four areas:

Groups looking for funding could get grants of up to £20,000 each.

Identifying projects

We asked local groups, voluntary organisations, private business and individuals (supported by a constituted group) to submit applications in December 2017.

We were looking for projects which will improve the lives of local people suffering the effects of poverty and have the following outcomes:

  • Seeking to improvements in the signposting of support and advice
  • Reduce the barriers to communication and information sharing
  • Create sustainable support and information sharing
  • Create opportunities to bridge gaps in provision across geographic areas.

Applications were received from 68 projects and the proposals that were fit for purpose will now go forward to a public vote. Voting allows local residents to decide which projects they want to see funded and delivered.

How to vote

We now need you to vote for the projects that you feel will have the greatest impact in your local community:

AreaDateLocationNumber of projectsFunding available
WigtownshireSaturday 10 MarchCounty Buildings
South Main Street
15 projects£48,240
Annandale and EskdaleSaturday 17 MarchRichard Greenhow Centre
Central Avenue
15 projects£58,800
NithsdaleSaturday 24 MarchThe Usual Place
Academy Street
26 projects£94,800


To be confirmed

To be confirmed

13 projects£38,160

Voting venues will be open between 11am and 3pm. You'll have a chance to review each of the projects proposals and cast your vote.

What happens next

Votes will be counted when voting closes and the results will be announced by the Chair and Vice Chair of our Communities Committee as soon afterwards as possible.

Not all projects will receive funding. Funding will be allocated to the most popular project proposal first, followed by the second most popular and so on until the total funding is allocated.

Further information

Email or call 030 33 33 3000 to find out more.

Page last updated: 12/03/2018
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