Scoop a grant for your arts group
Grants are up for grabs from West Oxfordshire District Council for groups and projects that bring alive the arts in the District.
Groups must submit their applications by 15th February to be in with the chance of getting a grant between £100 and £1,500.
The Council's Support for the Arts grants scheme aims to help organisations that benefit the local community through arts projects and developments. Money can be used to meet a variety of costs, from general running fees to setting up specialised workshops or commissioning professionals to assist with projects.
Oxford Film and Video Makers (OFVM) centre, which supports Oxfordshire film makers, was among 26 groups to benefit from Support for the Arts last year. In total, £10,500 was distributed.
OFVM was awarded £1,000 towards the cost of running film workshops for teenagers in Carterton as part of its countywide Summerscreen film festival project for young people. Youngsters in Carterton worked with professional film makers to learn about making their own short films which were screened at the festival alongside films by other young people from across Oxfordshire.
Richard Duriez, OFVM office and course manager, said Summerscreen 2006 was a great success and the centre was hoping to organise another festival this summer. He added: "The money from the Council was a great help. As well as the financial help, having the support of the Council added extra kudos to the project and assisted us in gaining support from other District Councils in Oxfordshire. We were very grateful to West Oxfordshire District Council."
Cllr Tony Walker, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, said: "The Council takes pride in supporting arts organisations and projects that enrich the lives of people of all ages in the District, and we are keen to hear from applicants. The deadline is approaching and I encourage groups to contact the Council for further details."
Information is available online at www.westoxon.gov.uk or you can request an application form by calling Leisure and Tourism on 01993 861554/861562. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other groups to receive funding from Support for the Arts last year were:
Abdabs Youth Theatre - towards regular drama, singing and dancing activities for young people in and around Witney.
Acting Community Thingumybogs - towards the cost of a series of workshops in performance techniques in Carterton.
Artweeks - towards running of the countywide open studio project, including a week in May in West Oxfordshire.
Bampton Classical Opera - to support the presentation of the first modern-day production in the UK of Vincente Martin y Soler's opera The Taming of the Shrew in Bampton.
Burford Orchestra - to support a series of orchestral concerts over the year.
Buttercross Quilters - to support education workshops and an exhibition of members' work in Witney.
Chadlington Dance - to run a series of monthly dance sessions.
Chipping Norton Folk Festival - to hold a festival in Chipping Norton in February 2007.
Chipping Norton Music Festival - to support the 95th music festival, which takes place in March 2007.
Concertante Society - to support a concert by the Roseneath School of Music in Ascott-under-Wychwood.
Cotswold Children's Choir - to support the annual activities of the choir.
Dramascope - to stage the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in Witney.
Eynsham Arts Group - to pay fees for demonstrations for the group to exhibit in Artweeks.
Eynsham Choral Society - towards running costs of the choir, including three concerts.
Filkins Theatre - towards the production of a play by children and young people, and workshops.
Finstock Village Hall - to support a monthly programme of arts activities.
Kingham Choral Society - towards the cost of purchasing new music and running expenses.
Lower Windrush Choral Society - towards a series of concerts.
Lunchtime Recitals - to put on a series of free lunchtime song and music recitals in Witney.
Opera Festa - to support a series of monthly teatime music recitals for visitors and residents in Woodstock.
Story Museum - to support a series of storytelling and linked activities in family centres.
Witney and District Museum - towards the costs of mounting a crafts exhibition.
Witney Music Society - to run a series of concerts.
Woodstock Art Group - to support running costs of the weekly group.
Woodstock Literary Festival - to support a four-day literary festival in Woodstock.
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