BBC Blast, in partnership with the Prince's Trust and Artswork led by the Arts Council of England, has been awarded £1m over three years from the Big Lottery Fund--Young People's Strategic Funds--for a program of creative activities aimed at young people from all communities.
Under the name HUB4, the money will enable the project to focus on four areas: Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, and Southampton, to provide young people with creative and media skills training, learning opportunities, and progression routes. The program will target 13- to 24-year-olds (with a strong focus on 13- to 19-year-olds) who are 'disadvantaged' for social, cultural and/or economic reasons. The Prince's Trust will play a role in identifying and training the young people and so will Artswork.
BBC Blast, as the media partner, will provide ongoing online support and showcase opportunities for the creative content. As part of the contract, BBC Blast will co-ordinate showcase events at each city center in 2008 and 2009, where the Blast Truck will also be present. The money comes from £12.5m awarded by the Young People's Fund National Grants Programme to projects designed to make a difference to the lives of young people in England.