Subject to funding being available, Ilfracombe Town Council is committed to providing assistance and support to local community groups which are set up to promote community life for Ilfracombe residents. The Council’s financial support is provided by way of Grants which are decided against criteria set by, and which can be amended from time to time by the Town Council.
Ilfracombe Town Council is committed to following best practice in grant giving in order to provide sustainable funding and support to voluntary and community groups, whilst providing value for money for local taxpayers and ensuring that public money is spent in a responsible manner. In order for this Council to be able to assess applications rationally and objectively, many of which will inevitably be totally dissimilar in content, it is both necessary and helpful to assess all applications received against a range of criteria. These are designed to be a general indication of need but are not exclusive and can be flexibly applied.
The Town Council’s Policy on Community Grants is based on the principle of promoting the development of partnerships, which encourage and enable local community organisations to deliver local projects to the residents of Ilfracombe. In general, the following principles apply:
- Assistance will be given on the basis of need, merit and contribution to the local community
- Applicants must clearly show how any assistance given will benefit the people living in Ilfracombe or will benefit the environment of Ilfracombe
- Any assistance given will be subject to ongoing monitoring and subsequent evaluation of the outcome of the grant
- Organisations should not make a presumption that funding will continue on a year to year basis