Northern Rock Foundation announces £1.7m grant awards

£124,000 to Depaul UK is the largest of 22 grants

The Northern Rock Foundation has awarded 22 grants worth £1.7m in its latest funding round.

Homelessness charity Depaul UK receives the largest grant - £124,000 over three years - to create a mentoring scheme for homeless and other vulnerable young people on Tyneside.

Mind charities in the north east receive grants totalling £115,000, and Victim Support is boosted by a grant of £107,000 for its domestic violence protection project in Newcastle and will be able to employ an extra member of staff.

Alistair Balls, chairman of the foundation, said: "The recession means that there is greater demand for the services of charities that work with disadvantaged people.

"The organisations funded in this round are working creatively and effectively to help people living in difficult circumstances in the north east and Cumbria to overcome barriers and improve their lives."

The foundation plans to make grants and other investments worth £11m in 2009, the same level as 2008.

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