MSP Joan McAlpine has today welcomed news that Scottish Government grants totalling over £100’000 have been awarded to enterprising third sector organisations in Dumfries and Galloway.

The grants will come from the £6 million Enterprise Ready Fund, which opened to applications in September – and builds on a number of current initiatives the Scottish Government has in place to continue to support a sustainable, capable and enterprising third sector.

Finance Secretary John Swinney announced today (Wednesday) that grants totalling £2.3 million from the fund have been awarded to 67 organisations across Scotland – Including Creetown Initiative Ltd and The Food Train In Dumfries and Galloway.

Ms McAlpine commented:

“I would like to congratulate the organisations which have been successful in securing grants from the Enterprise Ready Fund.

“An enterprising third sector is vital not only to our economy but in the creation of a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. That is why the Scottish Government has invested heavily to help the sector develop.

“Scotland has an excellent reputation for our work with the third sector. It is regarded as the best place in the world to start a social enterprise and there is increasing international interest in what some are calling the ‘Scottish Model’.”

She added:

“I am also keen to remind new, emerging and established third sector organisations in the region that they have until the 16 June to apply for funding.”