PROJECTS to generate energy from the River Wear and to help the needy access cheap furniture were among several schemes to share nearly £65,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
Eighty-two projects, including seven in south west Durham, shared a pot of £675,395 provided via the lottery’s North-East Awards for All kitty.
A total of £62,687 will be split across the North-East groups.
The County Durham Furniture Help Scheme, at Chilton, supplies furniture at low prices to people in County Durham. It was given £10,000 to help to run a project to transport customers from rural areas into the Chilton site and home again.
Newtonian Chris Palmer, managing director and founder of CDFHS said: “We’re trying to help people in rural areas who can’t get to our Chilton Depot”.