Media Trust puts £1.2m on offer for youth media projects

Up to £5,000 available to small charities

This story was amended on 30 April 2009 - see explanatory note below

Communication charity the Media Trust, will launch a £1.2m fund offering grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to small charities to run youth-led media projects.

Mediabox, a Department for Children, Schools and Families fund run by the Media Trust, runs a series of projects encouraging disadvantaged 13 to 19-year-olds to produce creative media projects.

The fund's new Mini Mediabox programme, a strand of Mediabox, will be available to grass-roots and community youth organisations that help young people to communicate through print, TV, film, radio and online.

The fund will open on 1 May and will run until April 2011.

Leigh Thomas, executive director of Mediabox, said she would be encouraging applications from the east and north-east of England, which have been under-represented in previous rounds of Mediabox applications.

"We hope this new funding strand will appeal to smaller, community-based groups that work with disadvantaged young people and would like to explore how using media can help engage them in creative activity," she said.

Note: The Mini Mediabox programme is offered by Mediabox, a project run by a consortium of five media charities led by First Light Movies and the Media Trust.

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