From period costumes to ‘wet and wild kayaking’ – 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 2020. Over £10,000 has been awarded under the grants process for the year 2020/21 to local community organisations to help them carry out their work or buy much-needed equipment.
Organisations benefitting from this funding include Citizens Advice, Ilfracombe & District Community Transport Association, 1st Ilfracombe (Holy Trinity) Scout Group and Studio Theatre.
Whilst still maintaining a precept lower than other comparable towns in the area, Ilfracombe Town Council has been able to commit over £10,000 to around 20 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 and Exmoor Explorers with £181 and £227 respectively going towards transport and the Ilfracombe Girl Guides receive £227 towards a wet and wild kayaking camp.
Recognising the benefits of a culturally rich community, ITC has given £227 to Studio Theatre for period costumes for its actors and Small Pond Productions receives £318 to go towards hire costs.
Grants to further good causes include £659 to Ilfracombe and District Community Transport Association to publicise the service with leaflets. Cow Green Community Garden receives £142 towards a gravel path, whilst North Devon Christmas Fund receives £227 towards supermarket vouchers for Christmas. The Diabetes Support and Advice Group receives £136 for room hire and the Royal British Legion receives £272 towards road closures.
Care for Kids North Devon receives £227 to go towards the renovation of an isolated cubicle on the children’s ward, Belle’s Place receives £136 for replacing furniture whilst the Ilfracombe and District Lions Club receives £318 to go towards training its members.
Ilfracombe Allotment Society receives £181 to go towards tree felling and a shed, See Hear Centre receives £227 for transport and room hire costs and the Lantern Preschool receives £227 towards making a sensory room. Ilfracombe Access Group receives £90 to help with room hire and stationery, whilst Families in Grief receive £318 to help families affected by bereavement. Citizens Advice receives £3,000 to enable their service to continue in Ilfracombe and Combe Christmas receives £3,075 for a marquee and car park hire.
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.”