Media Trust opens £900,000 digital media fund

Grants of up to £14,000 for charities working with deprived and isolated people

The Media Trust has made a £900,000 fund available to help charities and community organisations use digital media to reach isolated people.

The organisation will give out £250,000 in 26 grants of between £1,500 and £14,000 to groups that work with deprived and isolated people. The grants, which will be made over two years, will fund digital media projects including films, photography, TV and websites.

The Media Trust will use the rest of the fund, which is being provided by the Communities and Local Government department and the Department for Universities, Innovation and Skills, to provide online resources to help charities use digital media in their work.

Gavin Sheppard, development director at Media Trust, said: "The aim is to generate a greater understanding of how digital technology can address deprivation and isolation.

"We will provide training and support for the 26 grant recipients, and we hope that many more charities will be able to extend their use of digital media through the new resources that we will put on our website."

The online application process for grants is expected to open in July.

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