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Chipping Norton Theatre top beneficiary of latest Council arts grants

Five arts organisations serving the West Oxfordshire community are being backed by grants jointly worth more than £54,000 just agreed by the District Council's Cabinet.

Biggest beneficiary is The Theatre Chipping Norton which is to receive a cheque for £30,000.

Smaller grants will go to Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company (£10,930), ITHACA* (£5040), West Oxfordshire Arts (£4018) and Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership (£3900).

Meanwhile no less than 31 other community arts groups, projects or events taking in music, drama, visual arts, dance and more are to be supported by smaller grants worth from £100 to £900 and totalling £10,500 overall.

All five larger grant recipients will sign service level agreements which aim to guarantee that what they do ties in closely with the Council's priority of encouraging leisure and cultural opportunities for all residents in the District.

Cllr Hilary Biles, West Oxfordshire District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure & Recreation said “It is important to the cultural life of West Oxfordshire that we support these organisations – many of which are run by volunteers – through these grants.

“Chipping Norton Theatre reaches beyond West Oxfordshire and supports activities for all residents, especially for young people through the Chipping Norton Youth Theatre. We are very happy to assist its programme in any way we can.”

After intense pressure from the theatre and its supporters, including West Oxfordshire District Council, the Arts Council is providing funding this year which will pay not for productions but for a plan to enable the facility to stand on its own feet financially without central-government related assistance.

All the grants are subject to the normal “call in” which ends at 5pm on Friday, 11th April. Cabinet decisions are not final until then.

*ITHACA – This is an arts organisation which works with people who are often excluded from mainstream activities, including for example, people with physical disabilities or learning difficulties and older residents.

Posted : 04/04/2008 15:58:20

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