North East projects awarded funding to get people active in their communities

Two North East based projects have been awarded a share of £3 million from government funds aimed at helping people get more involved in local issues in their communities.

£2.3 million is allocated through The Place Based Social Action programme funded jointly via the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund aims to devise programmes that enable people to take action on the issues they care about.

A further £770,000 will be invested in six areas across England over the next two years to use the funding from the Growing Place-based Giving Programme to establish giving schemes that make it easier for people and businesses to invest in their communities and address areas of local concern.

The North East project awarded funding through The Place Based Social Action Programme is:

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Hartlepool, North East) - This project aims to use social action to create a range of solutions to local social and economic challenges and help people escape poverty. This project would enable the organisation to develop programmes to support, strengthen and better connect existing social action initiatives, as well as identify new initiatives and making it easier for people in Hartlepool to engage in social action.

The local giving scheme to receive funding is The Stanley Fund, led by County Durham Community Foundation.

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