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Funding boost for development trust

Date: Monday 9 October

Funding boost for development trust

Blairgowrie and Rattray Development Trust (BRDT) has been awarded £82,500 from The Gannochy Trust to help it continue its work supporting the town.

The funding, which runs until July 2026, will support BRDT’s core activities, which, working with local community groups, volunteers and the local authority, aim to create a thriving and attractive town, with a strong sense of community and identity, appealing to those who live, work and visit Blairgowrie and Rattray. A

mongst the activities that this funding will facilitate over the next three years are the day-to-day operations of BRDT and initiatives it is involved in such as the BaRI Food and Refill Store, community engagement work and project development.

BRDT is one of 24 charities across Scotland that will benefit from a share of £627,945 awarded by the Gannochy Trust in its July round of grant funding.

The Gannochy Trust provides annual funding of around £5 million to registered charities, primarily working in Perth and Kinross, but also to inspire and develop young people throughout Scotland.

Chair of BRDT, Teresa Donaldson, welcomed the news, commenting: “Our work here at BRDT is led by the community for the community, and we are hugely grateful for this significant funding grant from The Gannochy Trust which will go a long way to ensuring that we can continue that work.

“BRDT supports community groups, individuals, and volunteers to deliver projects to enhance the town for the benefit of all those who live and work in Blairgowrie and Rattray, which is in line with The Gannochy Trust’s aims of fostering a positive change in people’s lives, increased inclusion, enablement and mental health and wellbeing, and more sustainable services that reflect local priorities.

“In addition, BRDT supports improvements to the environmental sustainability of the town through initiatives such as the new community garden in Rattray, the BaRI Food project and Refill store and the Open Spaces initiative, all of which aim to improve the quality of life of people in the town and the availability or quality of the built and natural environment for community use.

“We’re very much looking forward to continuing with and further developing our work in the town and would like to thank The Gannochy Trust for enabling us to do that.”  

Andy Duncan, Gannochy Trust chief executive said: “We are delighted to support the work of BRDT over the next three years.

“Their direct project work and coordinating role across a range of community activities in Blairgowrie are a very good fit with the Trust’s funding objectives.”

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