UK Government's Levelling Up Fund
Our Council is delighted with the announcement that we have successfully bid to round two of the UK Government's Levelling Up Fund (LUF). We have received notification that Dumfries and Galloway Council has been awarded £17,698,660 for our Dumfries and Galloway Constituency bid for 'Reactivating Galloway'.
This bid included three interlinking and distinct projects under the Regeneration and Culture themes within the LUF with a strategic focus on developing opportunities for outdoor activities, building on the boom in staycations and the increased desire within communities for outdoor activity that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, the Council intends to use this funding to support town centre regeneration through re-using vacant or derelict buildings, providing new focal points to attract visitors and facilities to be enjoyed by the local community.
Dumfries and Galloway submitted three bids -the successful bid, as stated above, for projects situated within the UK Parliament constituency of Dumfries and Galloway; one for a transport bid within our region, focussing on 'sustainable connectivity' and access to 'green' energy; and one within the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency, the 'Three Rivers Active Tourism Project' - working with South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Borders Council.
Our Council is disappointed that we have not had success with the other two, but we will continue to look for other funding and opportunities to fulfil these projects. In particular we will support our partner group for the Annan Harbour Regeneration project