Creative Scotland grant secures future of group
Dumfries arts group The Stove is celebrating after clinching £100,000 in funding.
A spokesman insisted this would secure their future for three years after receiving the Creative Scotland grant.
He said: “We are thrilled they are continuing to back us and this gives us security for the next three years.
“This award is a recognition of all the amazing, hard work put in by everyone connected with The Stove and the bravery and commitment of our partners like Dumfries and Galloway Council, community groups and agencies who have seen the wider value of the creative sector in shaping the future of our region.
“Creative Scotland have played a vital role in supporting The Stove to innovate and develop a way of working with communities that is significant at a national and international level.
“We are thrilled by the uplift in funding awarded to The Stove.”
However, the grant fell short of the amount the group was hoping to secure.
He added: “This uplift in funding does also have to be seen in the context of us starting from a very low base and, while it is good news, it is maybe not quite good enough news given the deprived status of the area we are working in.
“The south-west of Scotland has been playing catch-up for many years in development terms.
“And the creative arts are now playing a very real and tangible role in economic, social and wellbeing terms.
“The Stove have been a key player in this phenomenon – we are ambitious and innovative and are now core partners in housing schemes, community development and town centre re-generation.
“But the level of the funding award from Creative Scotland is below what we asked for and means we will have to scale back on some of the work we planned locally.
“There are only three regularly funded organisations south of the central belt meaning that this vast region of the country is receiving less than 1% of the national core arts budget.
“We were only granted 55% of the support for the three year plan we proposed which was disappointing.
“The entire area south of central belt receives £906,000 out of a national total of £99M – this represents less than one per cent.”
Contribution recognised The Stove won a SURF award in 2017