Nearly £200,000 has been granted to two projects working with disadvantaged children and young people in Bedford from BBC Children In Need.
The Charity’s first grant round, which totals £189,928, of 2014 brings the total amount being funded in Bedford to £676,170.
One of the projects being provided with funding in this round is Autism Bedfordshire, which has received a grant of £98,746.
The project delivers social clubs and activities for children and young people with Autism and Aspergers syndrome. The project will reduce isolation, increase confidence and develop social skills.
And the remaining of the money is helping Friend of Chums, a charity that helps children who have been bereaved or suffer from behavioural difficulties.
Melinda Connelly, BBC Children in Need Regional Manager of The Central Region says: “We are delighted to be awarding to projects like Autism Bedfordshire which will go on to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the area.
“The support we get each year is staggering and everyone should feel proud of what they have made possible.”
The grants being awarded in this round were made possible following the appeal night in November where a spectacular £31.1million was raised by the public.