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STRANRAER Development Trust is among six projects which have secured funding from the Scottish Government's Supporting Communities Fund. The Creetown Initiative Ltd, Castle Douglas Development Forum; Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Development Trust; Moffat Town Hall Re-development Trust; Dumfries's Stove Network also benefit from a share of the cash. The first round of cash from the Supporting Communities Fund totalled £10m and is designed to provide funding to community anchor organisations such as charities, voluntary organisations, community-controlled housing associations and social enterprises to help support local responses to the pandemic. Dumfries and Galloway received £132,209 from the £10m, considerably less than the expected share – and that, says Labour MSP Colin Smyth – is less than expected. "Generally when it comes to funding, for example for the local council from Government, our region could expect a three per cent share of any funding pot. Had we received three per cent of the fund, it would have been double the level allocated to Dumfries and Galloway. Mr Smyth added: “This money will provide a very welcome cash injection for these six amazing groups and I know they will put the funds to good use in their communities. “However, I had hoped this fund would provide a lot more for our region, as I know of many other organisations who have been denied or who have missed out on funding this time. “The Covid-19 pandemic has put enormous financial strain on our community organisations, charities and other groups, and many are currently struggling to cope. “As we move slowly out of lockdown, there are groups in our region who are seriously wondering if they're going to be able to continue and I will continue to push the Scottish Government to free up cash wherever it can to help these anchors of our communities.” Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell told Holyrood the fund was part of a raft of measures to help communities across the country. "We are in the midst of a worldwide public health emergency that is now being strongly felt here in Scotland. None of us have gone through anything like this before and so we need to respond in new ways. That means being flexible, adaptable and ready to respond to challenges as they arise. "We want to show our support to all sectors and people in Scotland. This will mean through funding, through communication, and through our actions. "Scotland's response to this pandemic will require everyone – councils, the third sector, businesses and communities in their widest sense – to work together and step up to this challenge."

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