DEPRIVED communities in Kirklees will benefit from an extra £9m from the Government.
Fourteen areas have been picked out for projects to tackle poor health, low educational attainment, crime and unemployment.
They include central Huddersfield, stretching from Deighton to Walpole and including small estates in Golcar and Almondbury.
It is expected that the first actions under the new allocation will start next April.
The money is the latest to come to the area from the Government's Neighbourhood Renewal Funding (NRF).
The allocation is 51% more than Kirklees received to cover the period from 2004 to 2006.
Council Cabinet member Clr Andrew Marchington said: "Neighbourhood Renewal has a history of funding successful initiatives which help change communities and help change lives.
"We hope that the increase in funding will mean that we can improve the quality of life for even more of our residents."
Schemes getting money at the moment include one to improve health services and support in south Kirklees and a programme for organisations providing children's services.
Since 2001, Kirklees NRF has funded over £12.5m worth of initiatives across 11 neighbourhoods. Included in this is the People's Purse fund which has supported hundreds of community and voluntary groups to provide new activities and facilities in their area.
The new allocation will be used to broaden the impact of Neighbourhood Renewal, supporting major improvements to services to help the people that need them most.
The target areas have been selected using detailed statistical analysis. This analysis was carried out across the whole country to examine which areas are furthest behind in terms of health provision, community safety, educational attainment and unemployment.
The fourteen areas have been identified across Kirklees.
They include large parts of Batley and Dewsbury plus the Fieldhead and Windy Bank estates in North Kirklees, as well as Deighton, Walpole and small estates in Golcar and Almondbury.