Bridport Town Council show support for 21 local organisations with annual grants (From Bridport and Lyme Regis News)
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Bridport Town Council show support for 21 local organisations with annual grants
BRIDPORT Town Council has made 21 local organisations happy by handing over almost £24,000.
The annual grant giving saw the council giving away amounts from £6,000 to £150 to different groups, some of whom were at a ceremony in Mountfield to receive their cheques.
The biggest grant at £6000 is awarded to Bridport Arts Centre.
Bridport Arts Centre director Polly Gifford said: “The funding we get from Bridport Town Council is so important, not just because of the work it supports, but because it sends out a strong message to other funders that we are supported locally, which helps to bring in a lot more investment into the town.
"The next largest grant at £5,000 is given to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and it says the money is a lifeline.
Trustee chairman Bruce Willoughby said there was always a shortfall in running costs and all the grants were essential.
He said: “Every year is a struggle to make ends meet but if we didn’t provide the service we do, somebody would have to and that would cost about half a million.”
Bridport Leisure Centre is a charity itself and received £4,000 to help with its running costs.
General manager Nick Neale said: “We are very grateful for the money. As a charity any profit we do make is ploughed straight back in.
“I think we have superb facilities and we are well supported. It makes us a good exponent of the government’s message to people to get out and get fit.”
Bridport Museum is one of the ‘big four’ and gets £3,500 from the town council.
Assistant museum curator Margaret Milree said: ““Most of the money from our grant will be used to continue developing and expanding our outreach programme. “Bruce Upton, our community engagement officer continues to be very busy with talks and school sessions, and is increasingly in demand.”
Bridport Mayor Coun Maggie Ray said: “These awards are an investment by the town council in the wellbeing of our community.”
Other grants went to First Dorset Credit Union £500, Life Education Wessex £250, Melplash Agricultural Society £300, Bridport WI £500, Bridport Area 50+ Forum £300, Hughes Unit supporters £200, Chancery House Day Centre £750, Respite and Recovery £250, Friends of West Dorset Music £250, St Catherine’s Pre-School £150, Chamber Orchestra £200, West Bay Community Forum £250, Youth Dance, arts centre £300, Small Things, arts centre £250, Bridport Area Development Trust £225, Crisis and Care £300 and Axe Valley Ring and Ride £500.