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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
Windfarm funds revealed
CASH BOOST . . . the biggest sum was awarded to Moniaive Playcare, which will use the funds to pay for an extension to the existing nursery building

FIVE community groups in Nithsdale have received a share of nearly £70,000 awarded by the Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC) in its first round of grants for 2021.

Since 2015, the organisation has distributed funds generated by Harestanes Windfarm in Ae Forest.

This time, Lower Nithsdale Young Farmers Club got £3560 for their annual functions; Dumfries and District Flower Club received £5000 toward a flower festival being organised to mark the club’s 60th anniversary; £1660 was given to Cairn Valley Community Transport, which aims to get its bus services up and running again over spring.

In addition, Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association was awarded £4990, which will go towards promoting the sport to youngsters and improving accessibility for injured players and wheelchair users.

ANCBC granted the biggest sum of £18,000 to Moniaive Playcare, which will use the funds to pay for an extension to the existing nursery building.

Lucy Smith, chair of Moniaive Playcare said: “We are delighted to receive a grant from ANCBC towards our expansion project. This funding enables the project to move forward in a way that will result in a higher quality outcome, in turn benefitting the many generations of children in Glencairn who will access our services.”

Furthermore, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival was given £5000 to contribute to all associated costs in delivering their ten day programme in July.

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