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Charities are boosted from pounds 2m grant pot.

NORTH East charity programmes have received extra funding from a council project.

Charity programmes ranging from a toy library to a project that encourages people to grow and cook vegetables from their allotments have been awarded grant aid from the Newcastle Fund, Newcastle City Council's initiative for voluntary and community organisations. The city council announced that, in partnership with Newcastle Primary Care Trust, it will award more than pounds 2m to 60 organisations that carry out valuable work with people and communities across Newcastle. The amount available through grant aid was increased by pounds 12,000 by the sale of the "Lego Men" sculptures and the decision to allocate money saved from the council pay roll as a result of last month's national industrial action.

This round of funding, which opened in October, attracted 199 applications requesting a total of pounds 15m. All bids went through a detailed assessment process and were ranked by a panel of experts against the council's key priorities.

Last year's first round of the Newcastle Fund saw pounds 5.9m awarded to a range of community organisations in grants lasting up to three years.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 13, 2011
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