Stranraer Resilience Fund Launches

Stranraer Development Trust is delighted to announce that they have been awarded £12,000 in order to start the Stranraer Resilience Fund.

This fund will be used to make small grants to local community groups who are working with people in hardship. The funding has come from the Scottish Government through the Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) and also a Scottish charitable trust who wish to remain anonymous but heard about the plans for the Fund and wanted to contribute.

Are you a Stranraer community organisation working with people in hardship?

Are you concerned about the impact of welfare reform locally?

The Stranraer Resilience Fund is a small grants fund for projects to alleviate the effects of welfare reform in disadvantaged communities in Stranraer. Local community organisations can apply for a grant of between £500 and £2,000. The process is simple and quick.

How does it work?

Applying for funding is simple and a decision will be made quickly. Successful applicants will receive the funds up front – the reporting requirements are straightforward and simple.

There will be two rounds of funding to apply for and the deadlines for applications are:-

27th January 2017 until 1st April 2017 and

1st May 2017 until 1st August 2017

Groups can apply by returning the application form by email to with by email or post to Stranraer Resilience Fund, c/o 35-38 Charlotte Street, Stranraer, DG9 7EF. Applications can be obtained from the Stranraer Resilience Fund page. Groups will hear back within 4 weeks of the deadline.

All projects must be completed by 1st December 2017 irrespective of which funding tranche is being applied for. Please note that a condition of the award will be submission of a short end of project report and acknowledgement of the financial support from Stranraer Resilience Fund must be given in any publicity.

Who can apply?

Local community groups and organisations based in and working in Stranraer.

Applications will only be accepted from constituted, non-profit distributing organisations.

We will need to see a copy of your constitution and receive details of your bank account and confirmation of at least two unrelated signatories.

We’re looking for applications from grassroots organisations which are community-led and work in low-income neighbourhoods. Priority will be given to organisations with an annual income of less than £50,000.

What can I apply for?

Your project must alleviate the effects of welfare reform in disadvantaged communities in Stranraer. Projects must have a focus on one or more of these specific themes:

Financial awareness

Young people in need

Support for vulnerable groups

Eating healthy on a budget

Care for carers

Any questions about the fund can be sent by email to

We would like to express our thanks to the Scottish Government and DTAS (Development Trust Association Scotland) for their support with this project.