In 2015 Kirkcudbright Development Trust (KDT), a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) was formed to create an organisation that has the strength and the capacity to deliver major projects on behalf of the local community.

At the time numerous organisations existed in Kirkcudbright, including Kirkcudbright Community Trust, Kirkcudbright Forum, Kirkcudbright 2000, Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities and Kirkcudbright Youth Drop-in.  It was recognised that if the number of groups could be reduced, amalgamating some of them to create one strong group, the community would be better served and the new group would be more effective and more efficient.

Kirkcudbright Community Trust and Kirkcudbright Youth Drop-in have amalgamated with the new Kirkcudbright Development Trust and it is envisaged that the other groups will also join in the future. In this way, the combined skills and strengths within the new Development Trust will increase capacity, enhance the ability to obtain funds for future development within the town, reduce costs and avoid duplication.

The Kirkcudbright Development Trust represents and supports a wide range of community groups, helping to bring people together, creating a community body that shares resources and which has a stronger voice. The Trust also works with the Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS), which offers a wide range of support services.