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29 February 2012, 08:12
Four deprived areas of the North East will get £1 million each from The Big Lottery Fund.
People living in Jarrow, Whitley Bay, Dyke House in Hartlepool and Moorsley and Easington Lane in Sunderland will get a chance to decide how to spend the cash.
The money could be spent on anything from creating new community facilities to training and employment schemes or providing more youth activities.
It is taken from a £200m Big Lottery Fund pot called Big Local.
The Big Lottery Fund said the areas they've chosen have had a history of difficulty in getting support and funding from other places and may face problems because of a decline in local industry, high unemployment or low average wages.