SEVEN groups from Hartlepool and east Durham have won more than £780,000 in Government funding.
The Government cash is aimed at helping charities that are most vulnerable to public spending cuts prepare for new opportunities being created through the Government’s support for a Big Society.
It has seen seven groups from Hartlepool and east Durham given £784,530 out of £4.3m handed out across the North-East.
The Easington-based Acumen Community Enterprise Development Trust picked up £410,703, the Hartlepool Credit Union was granted £47,500 and the West View Project Community Interest Company, from Hartlepool, was given £58,600.
East Durham Citizens Advice Bureau received £88,669, the East Durham Community Development Trust was given £26,058, East Durham Community Transport was granted £135,000 and the Wingate and Station Town Family Centre won an £18,000 boost.
Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said: “The Transition Fund is part of a much wider package of support for charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.
“The Cabinet Office will invest around £470m in direct support over four years. We are opening up new opportunities for charities to deliver public services, cutting red tape and developing new sources of finance such as the Big Society Bank.
“However, the scale of the economic challenges we face as a country mean that charities are facing tough times. All the charities receiving transition funds have a plan to overcome current challenges and emerge stronger.
“We recognise the hugely important contribution charities make to our society and we are committed to supporting them.”
Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “We all want a bigger, stronger society where people get involved and do their bit.
“This isn’t new – there are already loads of people right across Britain taking responsibility and making our communities better places to live.
“What is new is that this Government is making it easier for people to do more: giving people power to improve public service, putting communities in control, and supporting people to help others.”