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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

COMMUNITY groups from the area which empower women and girls are being invited to apply for grants.

The Women’s Fund for Scotland (WFS) has opened its grant making programme and has £600,000 to giveaway.
They are keen to hear from organisations in Dumfries and Galloway, following a successful bid from the Women of the World group in Eastriggs.
WFS is part of Fund of Foundation Scotland and has a small grants programme, which distributes grants of £500 to £2000, and is also introducing a multi-year large grants programme – up to £30,000 over three years.
It has also removed the cap of £250,000 on annual turnover to allow charities and community groups of any size to apply.
Development manager Shona Blakeley said: “This is a huge opportunity for us to extend our reach and fund even more community groups working with women and girls across Scotland.
“We are keen to identify community based groups like the WOW, who haven’t applied before, as well as continuing to support organisations we know are having a major impact in addressing the many challenges facing women today.”
Applicants must meet at least one of four investment themes;
* Building skills and confidence
* Improving health and well-being
* Building social networks
* Moving on from violence.
More detailed information is available on the Women’s Fund page on the Foundation’s website www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/womens-fund-for-scotland/
Applications can also be made online with the first deadline one June 28 and awards set to be made in September.

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