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Big Opportunities with Mediabox

Date posted: 10.12.2009

Big Mediabox is returning for a second round this year and is calling for entries from well established companies and public bodies who are developing media projects geared towards supporting young people.

Funding of between £20,000 and £40,000 per project will be granted to companies with a proven track record of running successful media initiatives for youngsters of a similar budget and scope. Applicants to Big Mediabox funding may include registered limited companies, local authorities, schools, colleges, universities and co-operatives.

If you are thinking of applying to this year’s scheme, you will need to present a solid proposal which considers all aspects of the project, detailing how the scheme will be run in conjunction with young people and how the participants will be supported (please visit the project guidelines for more information). It might also be useful to outline plans for the final media work that you hope could be developed, including initial exhibition and marketing plans. In regards to available finance, bear in mind that you will also need to secure match funding of 40% of the total project cost.

Five London-based teams benefited from the last round of Big Mediabox, receiving a sum total of £180,000 to work with over 250 young people in the capital. The funded projects covered a variety of highly relevant issues affecting young people in the UK today, from HIV and mental health issues to training and careers advice. The projects, run by organisations such as YouthNet and the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, proposed using media works to challenge prejudice and fight stigmas, raise awareness, or simply present information to young audiences in a more accessible way.

Big Mediabox is the largest grant administered by Mediabox – a fund from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, led by First Light Movies and Media Trust in partnership with Skillset and the UK Film Council. Mediabox supports media projects aimed at 13-19 year olds in the UK (or up to 25 if they have a disability), allowing their voices to be heard.

Applications can be made online up until 2pm on Wednesday 20 January 2010 and the decision will be announced on 3 February 2010. Full details on how to apply can be found on the official Mediabox website.

For further information for London-based applicants, please email or for FAQs visit Film London's dedicated Mediabox page.

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