Two projects awarded £20k funding grant

Two community projects will share £20,000 funding to help boost skills and fitness.

The two schemes are among 44 in the north east to received a cash boost in the latest round of the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All grants programme.

The Basement Project, based in Benton, was among a number of organisations to receive the top award of £10,000.

The funding boost will be used on their Butterfly Effect project which will train young mentors and volunteers to boost their numbers.

And it is hoped that by improving their skills, it will help them hold more after-school events.

Benton Dene Primary School, in Longbenton, also received £10,000 for a new outdoor gym on school grounds.

Staff hope the equipment will encourage children and families to exercise more.

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund deputy director for England, said: “Today’s awards demonstrate how people are leading the way in their local communities by creating great ways of making a difference in the heart of our communities using National Lottery funding.”

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