Anxious wait for Chill Out cash bidders

Anxious wait for Chill Out cash bidders

Anxious wait for Chill Out cash bidders

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MORE than £10,000 could be on its way to community projects if bids to the county council are approved.

The council’s Chill Out Fund has received four bids for cash from the fund this month, totalling £14,067, but officers have recommended that £10,917 is dished out.

Film Oxford, which runs film-making courses, has asked for £4,800 towards a project it plans to run with young people in Bicester and at Iffley Mead School in Oxford.

In its application, the organisation said: “This project will directly engage with 80 young people in Oxfordshire, and over 350 young people in total. Funding is required to support two elements of the overall project.

“The first element is the training and filmmaking in Bicester with the NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) group based at the Courtyard Centre.

“The second element is to support the training of the young people in Bicester in event management skills leading to a screening event where their film will be premiered.”

The charity OASIS has asked for £267 to cover the cost of a go-karting trip for people with autism and carers of those who have the condition in Oxford.

The Phoenix Youth Club in Didcot wants £4,000 to find a youth worker to manage sessions and to train volunteer staff.

The club said: “Funding is also required to relocate the club to a dedicated room in the new Cholsey Pavilion.”

North Leigh Youth Project, which has received a total of £18,000 from the Chill Out Fund in the past, asked for £5,000 to pay for youth work and for refurbishment of its youth centre, but council staff are recommending it is given £1,850.

In November, £2,841 was given to the Leys Youth Programme, £1,000 to the Cherwell Theatre Company, £5,000 to the Great Tew Schools Trust and £2,500 to the Oxfordshire Family Mediation service.

So far £141,826.61 has been given out from the fund, with £58,173.39 still in the coffers to last until the end of the council year.

County council cabinet member for children and the voluntary sector, Louise Chapman, will make a decision about the bids on Monday at County Hall.

Organisations that work with people aged eight to 19 years old can apply for funding by writing to the Youth, Engagement and Opportunities Team, Chill Out Fund, County Hall, 3rd Floor, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1ND

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