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.
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