The Eskdale Foundation is a community development trust (Co. Ltd by guarantee, with charitable status) formed in 1996. Its primary object is "to relieve the poverty, suffering and distress and to further the health of the inhabitants of Eskdale and its environs." It has Eskdale-wide representation on its board (including two Ward Councillors and representatives from each of the three Community Councils). Its largest community project was building the Eskdale Sports and Leisure Centre, costing almost £2million. It is currently negotiating with Dumfries and Galloway Council to acquire the former Police Station in Langholm. It owns the local charity shop and four apartments, profits from which are reinvested back into the community.