The Kirkcudbright Development Trust (KDT) is a community run and managed registered charity. It has been formed as an umbrella organisation to help a wide range of local groups secure funding to develop new and improved community projects for the Town & DG6 area.
The KDT will work to provide resources for community groups by using their expertise to make grant applications to local and national bodies for funding. They will advise on the development of projects and help secure additional funding if needed . The staff of the KDT have an outstanding record of securing funding for local groups – over £6 million pounds for Scottish communities in the last 5 years.
In order to demonstrate community involvement when applying for grants an individual ‘membership’ has been established, open to everybody over 16, in the DG6 area. By becoming a member you will demonstrate support for the KDT and enable stronger applications for funding. No obligation will be placed on you by becoming a member and your details will not be used for any other purpose. A newsletter will be sent to members to keep them informed and enable them to have a say regarding future projects.
Kirkcudbright Community Trust and Kirkcudbright Youth Drop-in have amalgamated with the new Kirkcudbright Development Trust and it is hoped that other groups will also join in the future.
In this way, the combined skills and strengths within the new Development Trust will increase its effectiveness, and enhance its ability to obtain funds for future development within the town and DG6 area. Additionally it will reduce running costs and avoid duplication. Groups can retain their identity as members of the trust if they wish and all grant funding will remain specific to that group.
Projects already underway include :-
Cycles For Life Project. £80,000 has been secured by KDT and with the help of Margaret King, cycles have been bought which will be free to use and hopefully enthuse people to abandon their cars once in a while and cycle. Two local people have been employed to advise on cycle maintenance and repair and to encourage others to take up cycling.
Johnston School. A Business Plan has been completed for the development of the Johnston School and will be submitted to D&G Council by the end of July. Organisations who will be established in the school include Summer Festivities, Drop In Centre, Police, Kirkcudbright Child Care, KDT, Community Room ( for use by all groups ) etc.
Youth Development Programme. £9,000 has been secured from the Hollywood Trust to begin developing youth projects in the area and establish what projects our local young people would like to be part of.
Silvercraigs Caravan Park & Barhill Woods. Discussions are taking place to establish if both these properties can be taken into community ownership and run by the community for the benefit of the DG6 area.
Local involvement is crucial to the future success of the Kirkcudbright Development Trust. Please lend your support by becoming a member and having your say in a strengthened community, with a stronger voice to represent our wishes.