This page provides some more information about GDT and its governance. In the section below you will find a list of resources. If you have any questions, please get in touch.​

GDT is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation with a two tier structure, which means the Board of Trustees is accountable to the Trust’s membership. Community Councils (as an entity) form GDT's membership. Each member Community Council nominates an individual to serve as a Trustee on the Board of GDT and additionally there can be up to five independent Trustees. 

Current Members are the following Community Councils:

Balmaclellan • Balmaghie • Corsock & Kirkpatrick Durham • Crossmichael & District • Dalry • Dunscore • Royal Burgh of New Galloway & Kells Parish • Parton

As well as these Trustees and Members we also have Associate Membership.  Associate Members are different from Members and have no voting rights – they can be individuals, institutions, organisations and bodies who support and wish to engage with the work of GDT. For more information on Associate Membership go to Get Involved

GDT's structure preserves the fundamental role of Community Councils whilst broadening membership in a practical way, ensuring the wider community can get involved with and stay up to date with the activities of GDT without having to be community councillors, trustees or grantees - this reflects our desire to be accountable to the wider community and to ensure a sense of community ownership of the valuable resource that community benefit monies represent.

GDT does not currently employ staff. Instead we work in partnership with Foundation Scotland, a national independent grant making charity with local staff, which has been contracted in to provide Fund administration and support to the Board.



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This handbook sets out the terms of membership of GDT, including guidance on nominations, representatives and voting


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