Voluntary and community organisations are invited to bid for portions of Oxfordshire County Council’s new £1m two-year grant fund: Youth Opportunity Fund.

Responding to feedback from residents for improving community-run youth services, Oxfordshire County Council has created this new fund to help existing projects expand and new ones get started. The fund is open to voluntary and community groups as well as district, town and parish councils. Grants of up to £70,000 are available to establish new youth opportunities or to extend existing activities or provide additional sessions for areas or groups of young people.

The target group is young people between the ages of 11 to 18 and 11 to 25 where young people have special educational needs. It will be allocated across Oxfordshire to ensure all areas have the opportunity to benefit from the funding.

Community-run youth schemes complement the work of the county council’s children’s services department, which targets resources at young people at risk of abuse and neglect. People in neighbourhoods, towns and villages know best what is good for their community and where they would like to see improvements. Now they have the chance to start or grow existing opportunities for young people in their communities.

For further information on how to submit a bid to the Youth Opportunity Fund visit: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/youthopportunity