The Scottish Government has granted £79,810 to the Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company to regenerate the area.
Overall, 50 community-led organisations in Scotland received a total of £3 million from the Strengthening Communities Programme, but many hundreds applied.
“We were very fortunate,” a relieved Vicky Davidson told The Wee Paper.
The Selkirkshire councillor, who has helped build up the project over several years, explained the money will employ a full-time development worker for more than two years.
The coordinator will help deliver projects the community has planned by submitting funding applications, as well as creating walks, cycle routes and interpretation boards.
The Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company’s aim is to keep people living and working in the valleys, and improve life there, both now and in the future. In the last three years, the group of 11 directors, drawn from around the valleys, have carried out a community consultation, written a community plan, and conducted feasibility studies on residents’ ideas.
Now they want to raise funding to deliver some of those projects.
“We want to look at something to generate income, so we’re not dependent on funding.” Cllr Davidson said.
The group will be starting to recruit with an advert next week.