The £800,000 award will fund a plan to purchase this last remaining general store and the attached house and renovate them into a Community Shop and self-catering flats targeted at the outdoor tourist trade.

The award has been secured by New Galloway Community Enterprises Ltd (NGCE), a Community Benefit Society owned by local people and supporters.

Mike Brown, Chair of NGCE, said: “We are delighted to receive this grant which will mean so much for everyone in New Galloway. Not only will it secure the future of the shop, which has a vital role in the community, but it will generate sustainable income for the community through the self-catering flats and create much needed employment.”

The New Galloway proposal, which has been shaped by extensive local consultation, also includes 5-year funding for a part-time Community Engagement Officer who will work with individuals, businesses and organisations to help local people access practical assistance and information and to develop projects benefiting the area. 

NGCE is in the middle of a Community Share Offer, launched to gain members and also raise the £20,000 the residents and friends of New Galloway need to contribute as their share of the funding. The Share Offer is going very well so far, raising more than £7,000 in the first two weeks. There’s information on how to buy Community Shares at www.newgallowaycommunityshop.wordpress.com

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair said that “I am delighted that New Galloway will benefit from these enhanced community assets, thanks to this contribution from the National Lottery. Since its launch ten years ago, our Growing Community Assets fund has invested £98 million in 181 projects across the country. This award to New Galloway Community Enterprises Ltd is another great example of local people doing it for themselves and I look forward to following their progress as they pursue their community ownership ambitions.”

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