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In line with our existing Fund priority, An Economically Flourishing Community,

GDT is delighted to launch a new Education and Training Fund, which aims to support people aged 16+ in the fund area who want to access education and training opportunities.

A wide range of course types, durations and support costs can be considered, with a maximum award of £3,000 available over 3 years.

As with the Community Fund, we this Education & Training Fund is being delivered in partnership with Foundation Scotland.  For all the Fund information please check the Foundation Scotland website here.

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Our grant making partner, Foundation Scotland, is upgrading its grant management system and very soon a new portal will be available for both applicants and existing grantees. One of the advantages of this new system willl be that once you’ve applied through it once, the system will remember you and autocomplete bits of the application form and check to see if required documents are already available, saving applicants time and effort while keeping our high standards of due diligence.

This means there will be some impacts to service for two weeks in July – if you are an existing grantee you will have received an email about this. For applicants, the online application forms will temporarily be unavailable while the system changes over and will reopen on the 19th July. As we don’t have a deadline until the 13th September we expect this to have a minimal impact.

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Earlier this year Glenkens & District Trust commissioned South of Scotland Community Housing to undertake a housing needs and demand analysis for communities in the Glenkens.

A Housing Needs and Demand Assessment (HNDA) is the key that unlocks the door to strategic and funding support for community-led housing initiatives as it is a key component to demonstrate that there is need and demand without which projects would not receive funding support. 
Glenkens & District Trust will also consider how best to use this useful report and ensure it is circulated to all relevant groups and individuals to seek to get some momentum behind the numerous  issues raised. In the meantime if there are any local groups or community organisations who have an idea for a project to develop community-led housing,  for further advice and information please contact SOSCH who will be happy to provide support with your project.
You can read the full report here.