From Blooming Boats & Baskets to Pirates & Mermaids and Festival Films to a Coach fit for a Victorian Queen

Ilfracombe Town Council continues to support more local causes in 2018.

Ilfracombe Town Council (ITC) is supporting a diverse range of projects from local groups by grant funding in 2018.  Over £20,000 has been awarded under the grants process for the year 2018/19 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 23 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 £350 towards subsidising camps and transport.  Exmoor Explorers receive £350 for equipment for expeditions.  The 3rd Ilfracombe Girl Guides receive £400 for outdoor activities, camping opportunities and transport.  Small Pond Productions receive £400 to go towards venue, storage space and rehearsal time.  Ilfracombe Performance Space receives £340.82 for electrical sockets.

Recognising the benefits of a culturally rich community, ITC has given £800 to Sea Ilfracombe Ltd to help towards the costs of Musicians, Children’s entertainers and a sound stage for their event on 1st-2nd September 2018.  Ilfracombe Museum receives £283.32 to purchase specially made museum costume storage boxes.  Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration receives £500 to cover costs for the Victorian celebrations which include a coach 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.

     1st – 2nd September 2018

Grants to further good causes include £300 to Ilfracombe and District Community Transport Association to keep the community mini-buses in top condition on the road.  The Tourist Information Centre receives £6,500 towards operating costs.  Cow Green Community Garden receives £309 towards picket fencing, whilst North Devon Foodbank receives £500 towards rent, food, storage and stationery.

13th – 17th June 2018

Ilfracombe Access Group receives £100 to publicise a wheelchair friendly bus stop, whilst the Lantern Community Pre-School receives £400 to purchase a laptop. Ilfracombe in Bloom receive £3,000 to maintain the hanging baskets, stations and flower boats.  Families in Grief receive £300 to help families affected by bereavement.

Citizens Advice receives £2,000 to help provide training for volunteer advisors.  Combe Christmas receives £2,464.06 for a marquee and car park hire.  The Ilfracombe/IFS French Twinning Association receives £250 for coach hire.  Ilfracombe Film Festival receive £400 for cinema hire and promotion of the festival.  The Royal British Legion receive £250 for refreshments and a buffet for remembrance Sunday.

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.”

For more information contact:

Rachel Collins – Acting Town Clerk & Centre Manager

Ilfracombe Town Council

The Ilfracombe Centre

44 High Street


Devon, EX34 9QB

01271 855300