Kirkcudbright Development Trust

Kirkcudbright Development Trust (KDT) is a community run and managed registered charity. It has been formed as an umbrella organisation to help a wide range of local groups secure funding to develop new and improved community projects for the Kirkcudbright (Website) and DG6 area. KDT will work to provide resources for community groups by using their expertise to make grant applications to local and national bodies for funding. We can advise on the development of projects and help secure additional funding for those projects if needed. Our staff of KDT have an outstanding record of securing funding for local groups – over £6 million pounds for Scottish communities in the last 5 years.

The Johnston School Project

Almost ten years ago Johnston School in Kirkcudbright bid farewell to its students and closed its doors for the last time as a primary school. There has since been an ongoing effort to reinvigorate the old building and this year with the help of several funders including the National Lottery, SoSEP, the Wolfson Foundation, the Robertson Trust, Holywood Trust, Leader and Dumfries & Galloway Council (totalling £2.6 million raised), it is to become a central community hub buzzing with activity once again.

The old school is being renovated into a number of new spaces including the new home of the Kirkcudbright Youth Project and our new offices, but the main attraction of the building is the new Dark Skies Visitor Centre. This space will let visitors learn about the wonders of the night sky, and will include a sit in Planetarium with guided shows running daily. With Kirkcudbright being but a few minuets drive away from the Galloway Forrest Park, one of only a few locations across Europe to be considered a Gold Tier Dark Skies Park, we hope to see many stargazers from across the UK visiting us in the years to come.

Other Projects

Here is a list of the current projects KDT is working on.

Become a Member

Anyone over the age of 16 that lives in the DG6 area can help us by becoming a member. Just by being a member you can show your support for our causes, making our applications for funding stronger. Learn more Here.

Find us on Social Media

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