Ilfracombe hopes grants will make a difference

Joseph Bulmer

ILFRACOMBE Town Council will be giving out community grants totalling �30,000 in 2011.

Organisations benefiting from this funding include the Tourist Information Centre, Ilfracombe in Bloom, Citizens Advice Bureau, Ilfracombe and District Transport Association, Ilfracombe and District Street Pastors and the Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club.

“Generally the cascade affect of reduced funding from central government through to local authorities has meant funding to small community organisations has been vastly reduced if not lost altogether,” said Ilfracombe Mayor, Councillor Bob Thompson.

“However, Ilfracombe Town Council is determined to continue its support of worthwhile services and charities by maintaining its financial commitment to them.”

Whilst still maintaining a precept it says is lower than other comparable towns in the area, Ilfracombe has been able to commit �30,000 to around 40 organisations that support the council’s 10 year strategy, by contributing to advice and support services, youth provision or tourism.

Councillor Thompson concluded: “Small amounts of money can make a huge difference to community organisations that do not have easy access to other funding. Recognising the vital work of these groups and supporting them in this way is one of the most important things we do as a town council.”