TORBAY Mayor, Gordon Oliver has presented 46 organisations with cheques at a ceremony in the Palace Hotel, Torquay.
They each received a share of £26,500 from the Torbay Mayor's Fund, which was set up after Mayor Oliver pledged half his annual salary in each year of his four year term of office to give one off support to local groups, organisations and individuals.
Grants of up to £1,000 have been allocated to 46 successful applicants to help them drive forward projects in their community.
Mr Oliver said: "Local groups do so much for their communities and I am proud to be able to support the these hard working and committed people as well as the people they serve.
“I am pleased that there were so many worthwhile applicants for the Mayor’s Fund, which recognises the enormous contribution that local groups make to our community. I look forward to presenting them with their grants and seeing how their projects progress throughout the year.
"I would also like to thank our cross party group who helped administer the fund this year for all their hard work and organisational support ”
The Torbay's Mayor's Fund is administered by a cross-party panel of councillors - Nicole Amil, Jackie Stockman and Bobbie Davies.
In a joint statement the councillors said: "We are really pleased to be supporting this project. It is a difficult task studying and selecting the applications, because we know how important financial support is to many of these projects.
"We would like to thank the Mayor for his generosity in giving half his salary to so many worthy initiatives and look forward to seeing the continuing benefits that the Mayor’s Fund brings to people's lives in the Bay."
The grant recipients this year are:
Access to Community Education (ACE)
Barton Cricket Club
Brixham Gig Club
Brixham Pirate Festival
Chelston Community Association
Coalition of Disabled People South Devon
Disabled Sailing Association
Foxhole Community Association
Friends of Brixham Library
Friends' of Brixham Library (FoBL) and Brixham Heritage Museum
Friends of Fort Apache (Play Torbay)
Friends of Torbay Community Play Days
Friends of Victoria Park Chelston
Great Parks Community Association
Growing for life (Shekinah Mission)
Hele Village Community Association
Heritage Vessels South Devon
Jasmyn House (CHAD)
Making a Better Future
Mayfield Special School
Paignton Amateur Rowing Club
Paignton Picture House Trust
Parkfield Road Community Group
Pride in Brixham Volunteers
St Michaels' Community Association
T.R.I.P (Torbay Recovery Information Project)
Tessier Gardens Friends Group
TGI (Cockington Parish Church)
The Beacons Wheelchair Dancers
The Brixham Admiral Swimming Centre
The Living Room
St Marys Magdalene's Church
The PBC Foundation (UK) Ltd.
10th Torbay (Babbacombe) Sea Scouts
Torbay Film Club
Torbay Foster Carers Association
Torbay Neighbourhood Watch
Torbay Sailability Ltd.
Torquay & District Cats Protection
Watcombe Community Association
Youth Genesis Trust (Ltd)