Mayors Fund provides grants to non profits in Torbay

Mayors Fund joins the Torbay Lottery as another funding source for none profits and community organisations.

Just last week we got word that the Torbay Lottery had awarded 10 non profit organisations around Torbay a share of a £9,000 funding pot.

This week we’re delighted to hear that 32 Torbay Community and Non profit organisations have each benefited from a substantial funding pot thanks to the Torbay Mayors Fund.

Mayors Fund provides grants to non profits in Torbay

388 Organisations helped over 4 years

The Torbay Mayors Fund, now in its 4th year has given out over £220,000 worth of grants and has helped over 388 organisations from around the Torbay Area.

Each applicant can apply for up to a maximum of £1,000 and have to demonstrate how this funding will be spent, used and how in turn it will benefit the local community.

Setup by Gordon Oliver and funded by half of his yearly salary, the pot of funding has helped local none profits and community based organisations achieve success on a yearly basis.

Mayors Fund successful applicants

The successful organisations for the 2018 Torbay Mayors fund are:

  1. Galmpton Pre School
  2. Brixham Hospital League of Friends
  3. Brixham Male Orpheus Choir
  4. 2 Mikes 1 Boat
  5. Fishstock Brixham 2018
  6. Brixham College PTA
  7. Lupton Potter
  8. Pride in Brixham
  9. Brixham Archers
  10. Friends of Clennon Lake
  11. Feline Network
  12. Paignton Darts Association
  13. Riviera United FC
  14. Barton Cricket Club
  15. Resident of Goshen Triangle
  16. Torquay Girls Grammar School
  17. Upton Bowling Club
  18. Torre Table Tennis Club
  19. Phab Torquay
  20. SWIM Torquay
  21. Torquay Bowling Club
  22. Holy Angels Pre School
  23. Cary Park Junior Tennis Club
  24. Torbay & District Lifeguards
  25. Over Family Carers
  26. Transfiguration
  27. Bravo Help and Hope Groups
  28. South Devon Athletic Group
  29. Sense Abilities CIC
  30. Torbay Stroke Survivors Computer Group
  31. Bikers for Kids
  32. Children’s Week

Normally there is a bit of an awards Ceremony for the event, however, Gordon Oliver said:

I am really pleased that so many worthwhile groups applied for the Torbay Mayor’s Fund. I am proud of the work they do for their local communities and this is my way of saying thank you to them. I’d also like to thank everyone who helped administer the fund this year for their hard work and support.

In previous years I have held a presentation ceremony for the successful applicants. However, this year I have decided to use all of this year’s fund to support local good causes rather than paying for a venue.

What the applicants said

We caught up with one of the successful applicants, Suzannah Jones from Sense Abilities CIC who said, via Facebook:

Sense Abilities CIC was set up by Suzannah in 2017 with the aim of making sensory accessible to all.

Thanks to the Mayors Fun, Big Lottery Funding & the Paignton Festival.

Sense Abilities now has a wide range of equipment to provide popup sensory environments in and around Torbay.

Boost Torbay would like to wish all of the community organisations every success for the future.

Find out more

Details about the Torbay Mayors fund can be found on the official Torbay Council Mayors Fund webpage.

2019 will mark the end of the Mayors Fund, as Torbay voted against keeping a mayoral system in place at the referendum in 2016.

The fund will be open to applications, again, in January 2019.

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