Birmingham to receive lion's share of Government recession cash

Durham, Hull and Liverpool charities will also benefit from Targeted Support Fund

Birmingham will receive the largest share of the Government's £15.5m Targeted Support Fund to help local third sector organisations cope with increased demand because of the recession.

The city, which will receive £1m, is one of 50 areas in England to receive grant support, chosen because they are most at risk of increased deprivation.

Indices of multiple deprivation and percentage increases in the number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in the year to January 2009 were used to decide which areas qualified.

Durham will receive £668,000, Hull £471,000 and Liverpool £439,000. Most of the chosen areas are in the north of England, but Barking and Dagenham, Southend and Torbay also make the list.

The one-year fund will be administered by the Community Development Foundation and will open for applications at the end of April or the beginning of May.

Grant applications will be assessed in each of the 50 areas by local funders, yet to be announced. Organisations with annual turnovers of between £30,000 and £250,000 can apply.

The grants will be used to support services that are deemed 'recession-focused' in three areas: information and advice on housing, finance, debt and legal problems; employment training; and services related to mental health, relationship breakdown, counselling, domestic violence and substance abuse.

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