The UK National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £499,078 to the Leys Community Development Initiative (CDI).
A past recipient of lottery funding, the charity develops and co-ordinates projects that will be of long-term benefit to residents living in the Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys estates in Oxford.
The fresh funds will be used to support the CDI's Youth Project.
The Youth project helps children and young people from the community to explore and develop new skills and allows them to participate in 'youth-led' social and community engagement programmes.
Speaking of the new funding, Chairman of the charity’s trustees, David Truesdale said: "This secures us a future for a while. We have always been hand to mouth. We will still have to fundraise, but it’s different now."
The Big Lottery Fund distributes 40% of the money the UK National Lottery sets aside for good causes. The money is used to provide assistance to community groups and projects that are believed to have a positive impact on health, education, and the environment.