Ilfracombe Town Council (ITC) is supporting a diverse range of projects from local groups by grant funding in 2017. Over £18,000 has been awarded under the grants process for the year 2017/18 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 £18,000 to around 17 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 £250 towards subsidising camps and transport. Exmoor Explorers receive £250 towards for parachutes to make a stall to share scouting experiences. Small Pond Productions receive £350 to go towards storage space and rehearsal time. Ilfracombe Performance Space receive £350 to improve seating in the auditorium.
Recognising the benefits of a culturally rich community, ITC has given £750 to Sea Ilfracombe Ltd to help towards the costs of Musicians, Children’s entertainers and a sound stage. Ilfracombe Museum receives £500 to improve displays and presence on the internet. Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration receives £500 to cover expenses for the Victorian Parades that begin and end the festival. Essex Dance Theatre receive £250 to contribute towards coach costs for travelling to the area.
Grants to further good causes include £1,000 to Ilfracombe and District Community Transport Association to keep the community mini-buses in top condition on the road. Tourist Information Centre receives £6,200 towards operating costs. Greener Ilfracombe receives £899 towards tools, a compost toilet and materials for dresses, whilst North Devon Foodbank receives £500 towards rent, food, storage and stationery.
Ilfracombe Access Group receives £100 to pay for room hire, whilst the Lantern Community Pre-School receives £500 to enhance their outdoor area with flower pots, sensory plants for visually impaired children, a mud kitchen, water wall and other outdoor equipment. Ilfracombe in Bloom receive £3,000 to maintain the hanging baskets and flower boats, Families in Grief receive £300 to help families affected by bereavement and Citizens Advice receive £2,500 to help provide training for volunteer advisors.
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.”