Local organisations benefit from Innovation Fund

Posted on: 13 October 2015

In 2012 the government gave Mid Devon District Council £100,000 through the High Street Innovation Fund to support projects that improve the vibrancy of town centres and reduce the number of empty shops. At that time only £60,000 of the ‘pot’ was awarded to successful bidders, leaving £40,000 to be allocated at a future date as phase 2. We are pleased to advise that the remainder of the fund has now been awarded.

16 bids were received, shortlisted to 12 and then each of the bidders were asked to make a presentation to the selection panel. The panel considered each proposal in detail, based on its merit and overall impact of improving the town it represented.

Awards have been made as follows:

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life – £10,000 for a ‘tivvy bumper’ sculpture trail.

Cullompton town team – £7,000 for festival development projects.

Bampton Business Group – £1,275 towards producing the Bampton Business Guide

Age UK – £5,000 for a dementia accessible Tiverton project.

Cullompton Farmers Market – £9,500 for a community shop.

Crediton town team – £2,300 towards the Crediton flag project, £1,500 for town entrance signage, £1,500 for designing a canopy for the Town Square and £1,912 for a pop-up food festival market.

Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning & Economic Development, said: “These awards have been made to ensure that the specific projects improve town centres, increase footfall/visitor numbers and encourage people to spend more time and money. It was a difficult decision and all the projects were worthy of consideration. It is hoped that all the unsuccessful bids will be able to attract funding from other sources and the Council will help where it can.”

Andrea Rowe, Chairman of the Museum Trustees, added: “We are delighted that the Council has provided the initial funding needed to start the Tivvy Bumper sculpture trail which will be a high profile event for local families and tourists alike. The success of the project will lie in working closely with local partners and in raising the sponsorship needed to cover the rest of the project costs. We are confident that the Trail will build on the already powerful pull the Tivvy Bumper attraction creates on visitors to the town.”

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