The Inspiring Communities initiative was launched to boost the aspirations and achievements of disadvantaged young people through volunteering programmes, work experience placements or visits to university campuses, theatres and museums.
A community youth radio station and volunteer mentoring programme from Barking and Dagenham, a North East Lincolnshire project helping young people learn about careers in the fire service, and a Norfolk-based social enterprise that will teach young people how to grow their own produce for a café were among the successful projects.
Inspiring Communities is a joint initiative from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Cabinet Office.
Local government minister Rosie Winterton said: "We recognise that young people from poor communities can be less likely to aim high and can have low self-esteem, low aspirations and limited horizons that act as barriers to success. This fund is about taking steps to redress that balance."
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