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Three areas of the region are to receive a million pounds each from the Big Lottery Fund.
You can see the full report from Derek Proud below.
Residents from three deprived areas in the region will be given the power to decide how one million pounds will be spent improving their communities.
The 200 million pound investment scheme, launched in 2010, supports 150 small communities to work together to make their areas better places to live.
North Ormesby, in Middlesbrough, Roseworth, in Stockton-on-Tees, and Lynemouth, in Northumberland, are among fifty areas across England benefiting from the Big Lottery Fund's Big Local programme.
As well as funding improvements, each area will receive training and support.
The trust will help residents spend the funding and increase their confidence, skills and know-how so they are better able to come together to make positive changes in their areas in future.
Communities across Middlesbrough, Stockton and Northumberland are celebrating being awarded one million pounds by the Big Lottery Fund towards improving their communities.
The funding has been allocated to parts of the North East as part of Big Local Programme which seeks to provide funding to needy areas across the country.
Through the programme, residents then come together to decide how the money will be spent to improve their area over the next ten years.
The money can be used for anything from tackling anti-social behaviour, to creating new community facilities or providing more activities for young people.
The three places receiving one million pounds worth of funding in the North East are:
- Lynemouth in Northumberland
- North Ormesby in Middlesbrough
- Roseworth in Stockton