Twenty-six good causes across Cumbria and North Lancashire have shared in almost £750,000.
The money came from funds administered by Cumbria Community Foundation and were set up by local people and businesses including Castle Green Hotel, Herdy and the Westmorland Family.
The groups received support to deliver activities that will tackle mental health issues, help those with disabilities, provide advice and guidance to people on low incomes, offer hospice and bereavement support, purchase equipment for emergency rescue services, and assist older people who are vulnerable or isolated.
Twenty-one people also received financial support to help with further education and training costs.
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