About £1.3 million in funding has been awarded to five projects across the region as part of the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.
Among the organisations to benefit from funding are Chelmsford-based The Wilderness Foundation UK.
Courses aim to boost the wellbeing of disadvantaged young people from urban areas through nature-based activities. It has received £120,000 to run six week courses for young people living in Essex and East London which
Among the others awarded funding were the Open Youth Trust in Norwich, which received £299,841 to develop an out-of-hours youth service.
Norwich-based Julian Support Limited was awarded £274,468 to deliver a therapeutic programme for people in Norfolk with severe and enduring mental health problems.