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
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