Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has launched a small grant scheme aimed at helping communities deal with antisocial behaviour.
A total of £80,000 has been made available in 2018.
Grants of between £250 and £2,500 are available to groups or individuals that identify problems and have a clear idea or project that helps tackle it.
The fund’s focus is on incidents of antisocial behaviour (ASB) which link closely to community safety and crime.
Ms Hernandez said: “When out and about engaging with our communities, I regularly hear that ASB is something that affects people’s day-to-day lives.”
“While for some people this may not be a big concern, for many it affects their quality of life each and every day and I want everyone in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to feel safe in the areas where they live, work and play.
“Last year we gave over £2.7 million to organisations working in Devon and Cornwall – including over £1.6 million to the nine community safety partnerships that work in their local areas to address the issues facing their communities.
“This funding is hugely important, and I am committed to maintaining it, but this year we wanted to do something different, to help smaller communities get initiatives and schemes off the ground that will tackle the ASB problems they are experiencing.
“The focus of this new grant scheme will be around helping communities to help themselves. The best solutions are locally led and you know your community best.”
The scheme is not intended to be used for individual or neighbour disputes, noise complaints or issues like littering or dog fouling.
Applicants need to demonstrate support for their bid from within the local community and from a local councillor.
“I am excited to hear about all the fantastic work already being done in our communities to tackle ASB and am looking forward to the opportunity to support these projects and organisations grow and further tackle issues in their area,” added Ms Hernandez.
For more information visit http://www.devonandcornwall-pcc.gov.uk/about-us/commissioning/small-grant-scheme/
The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 23rd July 2018.