Two groups in the Scottish Borders have been awarded more than £550,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
The CEDAR Plus Borders Project run by Scottish Borders Council will get £229,214 to help families in need.
Andrea Beavon, the Project Manager, says the money will "allow more families to get the valuable support that CEDAR gives them to recover from their experience of domestic abuse."
Another £325,336 grant will go to the Berwickshire Housing Association, which provides trained volunteers as companions for elderly people who are feeling isolated.
A Carlisle youth club is getting a £300,000 cash boost.
Carlisle Youth Zone has been awarded the money from the Big Lottery Fund.
The money will be used for a number of initiatives that will offer support to the hundreds of Youth Zone members aged from eight to twenty-one.
One chef from the Borders thinks too many of us are relying on ready meals and junk food, so he is trying to change attitudes by targeting primary-aged children.
Bosco Santimano's project - You Can Cook - has just been awarded £9000 of Big Lottery Funding, as Katie Hunter reports.
Watch her full report below.
The man behind the You Can Cook! campaign, Bosco Santimano, has been speaking to ITV Border about how he believes we have become too reliant on ready meals and junk food.
A project teaching children in the Borders to cook from scratch has been awarded £9,000 of Big Lottery funding.
'Food for thought' targets primary school children in the Tweeddale area and focuses on learning about food, making healthy choices and having fun.
Bosco Samtimano, who runs You Can Cook! told ITV Border that many people don't know much about food:
A project teaching children in the Borders to cook has been awarded £9000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
The money will be spent in primary schools across the Tweeddale area.
These images show what St. Ninian's Hall looks like at the moment, and how it is expected to look once the development work is completed.
These artist's impressions show the annex due to be built on to the side of the hall, providing space for a new cafe, public toilets and a retail store.
A small community in Galloway is celebrating after securing almost £1 million from the Big Lottery Fund.
The 'Isle Futures' community charity has been awarded £940,000 to develop St. Ninian's Hall, which is owned by local residents.
Development plans include the construction of an annex to the hall, which will provide a cafe facility, a new retail outlet and new public toilets.
Planning for the new annex has already been approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council and details can be viewed here.
Construction is due to begin in the Summer with the opening scheduled for Spring next year.