Community safety projects in the North East given £200k
More than £200,000 has been awarded to community safety projects in Tyne, Wear and Northumberland.
Eight separate grants, totalling £215,176, will go to causes including raising awareness of disability hate crime and educating vulnerable people on the dangers of substance abuse.
The money comes from a £500,000 Northumbria Police Authority fund to support efforts to tackle crime.
Councillor Mick Henry said the awards would make a difference to communities.
"Some of the issues being tackled by these projects have a clear link to offending behaviour, and it makes sense to help offenders before they re-offend rather than wait for them to commit another criminal offence.
"The grants give us the means to do so," he said.