The third and final Exeter Decides event at Exeter Guildhall saw 10 more groups receive up to £500 community cash.
Exeter Decides’ is part of the My Neighbourhood PACT scheme and aims to benefit people and communities in the city.
Groups were asked to submit bids for grants and those shortlisted had three minutes to persuade an audience of fellow community groups and members of the public to vote in their favour.
Challenge Theatre and the Exeter Male Voice Choir were among the community groups to win cash. Bids from the St Thomas Methodist Holiday Play Scheme, Exwick Youth Council, Wonford Luncheon Club, D’ARTS, Alphatots, Southernhay Toddler Group, String of Pearls and the 21st Exeter Scout Group were also successful.
Carole Lane from St Thomas Methodist Holiday Playscheme told the Devon Week: “We were thrilled, and this will be money well spent. It was a great social evening, opening our eyes to all the excellent work of the community groups.”
John Blake from the Exeter Male Voice Choir, said: “We are very pleased with the result. It has proved very difficult to fund our choir in recent times, especially as most of our members are pensioners.”
Charlotte Saunders from Exwick Youth Council said: “What a brilliant evening, especially seeing the children getting involved.”
Cllr Dilys Baldwin, lead councillor for Housing and Community Involvement, said: “I am amazed by all the commitment shown by all the groups to their communities. The three minute presentations were real eye-openers and there was a great variation of results from groups across the city.”
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