Glenkens & District Trust (GDT) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation established in 2011. As a fund distribution body our role is resource, enable and stimulate community development in the Glenkens and surrounding communities, defined as the Community Council areas of Balmaghie, Balmaclellan, Carsphairn, Corsock & Kirkpatrick Durham, Crossmichael, St. Johns Town of Dalry, Dunscore, Glencairn, New Galloway & Kells and Parton.
We currently make decisions on the Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund grant awards. Based on the current volume of local wind farm planning applications, it is anticipated that further developments may come on stream. With this in mind, since 2018 GDT has been progressing with a range of activity focused on ensuring that any community benefit funds coming into the area can be maximised for the long-term benefit of the local communities, including commissioning the development of the Glenkens Community Action Plan, which you can read more about below.
Our goal is to ensure that any community benefit funds coming into the area are maximised for the long-term benefit of the local communities, through good stewardship and positive partnership working.
MEET THE BOARD
GDT has a Board of Trustees made up of people nominated by member Community Councils and up to five independent Trustees. Find out more about the Trustees of Glenkens & District Trust and how you can get involved.
COMMUNITY ACTION PLANNING
In 2020 GDT sponsored the production of the Glenkens & District Community Action Plan, the priorities from which, along with the Carsphairn and Moniaive Community Plans, underpin the Blackcraig Wind Farm Fund Strategy. Find out more.
WORKING WITH DEVELOPERS
GDT is clear about what it wants to achieve for the community and how it will work with developers to do this. GDT is clear it plays no role in the planning/consent process relating to construction but will take part in consultation on, and development of, community benefits.