Funding Success

4 Jul 2021 - 15:02

With grants in place from Hugh Fraser Foundation, Holywood Trust, Lottery Community Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund and Dumfries & Galloway Coastal Communities fund the Trust still faced a shortfall for the conversion costs until the South of Scotland Enterprise (SoSE) agreed to provide support bringing the total to just over £150,000. This will allow initial internal works to be done but the Trust are still fundraising to ensure the centre can offer a full range of courses.

Commenting on this award Professor Russell Griggs OBE, Chair of SoSE said

“SOSE is here to work with the people and communities across the South of Scotland and we are delighted we could support the Shambellie House Trust with a grant of £71,000.

The grant will help the Trust transform Shambellie House and its grounds into a creative tourism destination, and a hub for supporting small and micro businesses to operate in the creative sector.

It will be a fantastic boost to those in the creative industry who have been greatly impacted by the pandemic, and who are now focusing on their recovery and a brighter future.

SOSE is here to provide investment, expertise and mentoring, and we will continue to work closely with the Trust and support them in their valuable work over the months and years ahead.”

Professor Russel Griggs OBE

Gordon Mann OBE

Chair of the Trust, Gordon Mann OBE, said

“The Trustees have worked very hard over the years to bring Shambellie House back under local ownership and we are delighted to have achieved this with the support from the community and the faith placed in us by our funders.  We are continuing to fund raise so that we can offer a great experience in the House and grounds.   

We will now start on the repairs and improvements to the house and lodge so that some courses will be ready for delivery early in 2022, courses which will provide a welcome boost for the local creative sector which have suffered so much in the pandemic”.