From pirates and mermaids to freshly cut grass –
Ilfracombe Town Council continues to support more local causes
Ilfracombe Town Council (ITC) is supporting a diverse range of projects from local groups by grant funding in 2019. Over £20,000 has been awarded under the grants process for the year 2019/20 to local community organisations to help them carry out their work or buy much-needed equipment.
Organisations benefitting from this funding include the Tourist Information Centre, Ilfracombe in Bloom, Citizens Advice, Ilfracombe & District Community Transport Association, 1st Ilfracombe (Holy Trinity) Scout Group and Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration.
Whilst still maintaining a precept lower than other comparable towns in the area, Ilfracombe Town Council has been able to commit over £20,000 to around 30 organisations that support the town council’s strategy, by contributing to advice and support services, youth provision or tourism.
Highlighting the importance of recreation opportunities in the town, the town council is supporting groups such as 1st Ilfracombe (Holy Trinity) Scout Group, with £200 towards camping equipment. Exmoor Explorers receive £250 for equipment for expeditions. The Ilfracombe Girl Guides receive £250 for travelling around the country. Ilfracombe Performance Space receives £250 for maintenance and redecoration of The Space venue.
Recognising the benefits of a culturally rich community, ITC has given £1,000 to Sea Ilfracombe Ltd to help towards the costs of Musicians, Children’s entertainers and a sound stage for their event at the end of August. Ilfracombe Museum receives £300 to purchase a desktop computer. Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration receives £750 to cover costs for the Victorian celebrations which include a carriage for Queen Victoria. Essex Dance Theatre receives £250 to contribute towards coach costs for travelling to the area. Benny & Kate receive £300 for performance rights.
Grants to further good causes include £500 to Ilfracombe and District Community Transport Association to publicise the service with leaflets. The Tourist Information Centre receives £6,500 towards operating costs. Cow Green Community Garden receives £108 towards grass cutting, whilst North Devon Foodbank receives £750 towards operational costs.
Ilfracombe Access Group receives £100 to help with room hire and stationery, whilst Ilfracombe in Bloom receives £3,500 for ongoing work to improve our town. Families in Grief receive £500 to help families affected by bereavement, The Vision Centre receives £350 for floor repairs and Combe Rail receives £350 for replacement signs and information panels.
Citizens Advice receives £2,400 to enable their service to continue in Ilfracombe. Combe Christmas receives £2,500 for a marquee and car park hire. The Ilfracombe/IFS French Twinning Association receives £300 for coach hire. Hele Community Group receives £200 to help build, deliver and maintain their website. Studio Theatre receives £250 to refurbish stage equipment. May Day Celebrations (Greener Ilfracombe) receives £250 to purchase a shed for storage of costumes. Ilfracombe Depression and Anxiety Group receive £200 to create and print flyers and posters. Ilfracombe and North Devon Sub Aqua Club receive £250 to enable the refurbishment of a rigid inflatable boat. Events 4 Ilfracombe receives £500 for food supplies on an event weekend. Games Galore receives £171 to purchase advert boards and new games.
Ilfracombe Town Council said
“We are delighted to support such a wide range of organisations that play an important role within the community. These grants can make a real difference to what many of our volunteer groups can provide.”
“There are many organisations within Ilfracombe that benefit the people of the town in a variety of ways. Many of these are voluntary organisations that rely on donations and volunteers to exist and the town council is pleased to support them.”