Youth groups can apply for a share of a £40,000 fund to help divert youngsters away from crime.
The cash has been made available by Cambridgeshire Police and Crime commissioner Sir Graham Bright, and is available to organisations that support his Police and Crime Plan pledges to tackle crime and disorder and promote activities which motivate young people to avoid criminal behaviour.
Grants of up to £2,000 are available to charities and community groups through the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
Sir Graham said the extra funding available could help many youngsters across the county.
He said: “We must not underestimate the power of local grassroots projects in transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people.
“These diversionary activities not only provide an immediate solution to antisocial behaviour and crime by providing an alternative focus for their attention but they also help to motivate young people in the longer term by increasing their skills, confidence and employment prospects.”
Success stories include the Waterlees Youth Service Providers CIC which won funding towards the running of the drop-in project at Community House in Waterlees, Wisbech.
The Commissioner’s Youth Fund provides one-off awards and is not in a position to be able to offer continuous funding although organisations can apply to the fund more than once for different projects.
Sir Graham added: “I hope that many more organisations apply for funding this year to help us secure a better future for young people.”
Funding will be allocated according to need however applications from across Cambridgeshire will be considered individually.
The fund is raised through the sale of unclaimed and recovered stolen property in accordance with the Police Property Act 1997.
If you would like to apply to the Youth Fund, or mor more details visit www.cambscf.org.uk/pcc.html