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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Boost for history town aspirations

A £10,000 grant has been given to the Annan History Town Group to help bring in more visitors.

They have secured the funding from the Scotland Loves Local Fund and will use it to “build the wealth of Annan by increasing local people’s awareness of the historical importance of the town and its High Street while building upon the success of the Annan Summer Festival to promote the town throughout the year and bring in more visitors.”

It was part of £1.5 million shared by organisations across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Government hopes the grants will spur on schemes and help local recovery.

Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur said: “The Scottish Government is supporting our communities to deliver renewed local prosperity. I hope these grants will help spur on many of the projects which are vital to unlocking the innovation and action which will make our towns and neighbourhoods stronger.

“The Fund provides 50 per cent match funding for local projects between £5,000 and £25,000 and targets funding towards local economies that have been impacted most due to the pandemic, including those in areas with pre‑existing inequality.

“It reinforces our determination to support all our communities as they recover. These grants are part of Scottish Government measures to create a fairer, healthier, greener, inclusive and more sustainable economic recovery.”

The Fund has been administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the organisation spearheading Scotland Loves Local.

Also benefitting locally were Moffat, Balmaclennan, Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas and Stranraer.

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