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.