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[INTRODUCING GROUNDBASE] [BUDGET 1995-1997]
Cultural and Community Development :
Groundbase is part of the LEADER II European Community Initiative to aid business growth, community development and the rural economy across the whole of Dumfries and Galloway. It is a partnership between the European Union, Dumfries and Galloway Council, and Dumfries and Galloway Enterprise, and runs until the year 2000.
Groundbase programmes are designed to complement the services offered by other local agencies such as Dumfries and Galloway Enterprise and the Business Shops to local businesses.
Groundbase introduced a new initiative during its first year - the CULTURAL HERITAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME (CHAP),to support and help local musicians, artists and craftspeople, and otherwise promote the Region's heritage and culture.
Grants of up to £ 5,000 Sterling, covering up to 50% of costs, were awarded for the activities of a wide range of arts and crafts activities. Those approved included music festivals, craft promotion and special events.
£ 96,000 Sterling in grants has already been awarded to 57 different projects. A major project was the innovative music series run in conjunction with West Sound Radio. The series has given local musicians, from soloists to groups, the opportunity of performing live "on the air". The Monday evening "Groundbase Music Hour" has featured music ranging from folk and rock to traditional Scottish music, choral performances and even an opera singer.
The 57 approved CHAP grant-aided projects include the following :-
|West Sound Radio, Dumfries : Groundbase collaborated with West Sound in the production of the successful local music programme "Groundbase Music Hour".|
|Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society, Dumfries : £ 1,538 Sterling to help open a research centre in Dumfries.|
|Gatehouse of Fleet Lions' Club : £ 5,000 Sterling to help in staging the Sealed Knot's Kirkcudbright Civil War weekend.|
|Midsummer Celtic Gathering, Langholm : £ 4,880 for staging this event, celebrating Celtic culture in music, dance, games, arts, crafts and a pageant.|
|Damsel Jam : £ 4,000 assistance towards the first CD of this unusual choral group.|
|ROOTS '97, Dumfries : £ 4,758 assistance to this Clan Gathering.|
|Scottish Gold Panning Championships, Wanlockhead : Groundbase provided support to this unusual aspect of Scotland's heritage.|
|National Sea Trout Festival, Annan : £ 4,000 from Groundbase supported the costs of this angling and culinary festival.|
|Machars Youth Strategy Group, Whithorn : Groundbase provided support for the 'Machars Events Unlimited' fun day in Newton Stewart.|
|Upper Nithsdale Community Initiative : Groundbase and R. Frazier Ltd.jointly supported establishment of Scotland's largest Internet Cafe at Sanquhar.|