South Tyneside Council is continuing its commitment to addressing local communities' priorities.
Members of the Cabinet are expected to agree next week that £1.4million be shared between the Borough's five Community Area Forums. The money will be used to support a range of housing, environmental and social initiatives, providing local neighbourhood solutions to issues raised by residents through their local ward members.
Councillor Ed Malcolm, Lead Member for Resources and Innovation at South Tyneside Council, said: "Community Area Forums have an important role in empowering communities and providing residents with a voice on issues that affect their local area.
"Although we are having to having to operate within the limitations of ever decreasing budgets, we remain committed to providing this funding to address those issues that our residents highlight as being important to them.
"Community Area Forum funding allows local priorities to be met. The money can be used for a variety of uses - from re-decorating a youth club to providing additional litter bins - and often benefit the community as a whole."
In addition to providing resources through the Community Area Forums, the Council also works closely with communities to help them access additional funding and support from charities and the voluntary sector. One of the ways it does this is through an online funding tool which has been developed exclusively for local community and voluntary groups from across the Borough.
The free online resource, which is accessible 24/7, enables groups to find funding available to them from EU, national, regional and local sources to support a wide range of projects.
The funding search tool features a database of hundreds of grants and other financial assistance, comprehensive funding information, contact details of funding providers, local news and support.
Community and voluntary groups' access to individual funding schemes will depend on the nature of the group and the activities they run.
For more information please visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/communityfunding