Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, is inviting groups in the Staffordshire Moorlands to bid for money from his new People Power Fund.
As part of his commitment to local communities, the commissioner said he is providing £500,000 in 2014/15 through the fund in the form of grants between £100 and £3,000.
Two rounds of funding will be held, with the first opening on April 1 and closing on April 14. The second round will take place in September.
The PCC is keen to support locally-driven community safety activities in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
These could range from Good Neighbour Schemes to provide reassurance in a community, the introduction of a local club or activity for young people, through to the installation of security measures at a local community venue used by residents.
Mr Ellis said: "I have significantly increased the funding that local areas including Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph have to make their communities safer.
"The Commissioner's People Power Fund puts half a million pounds back into local communities and is easy and simple to apply for.
"It's about local ideas to sort out local issues like anti-social behaviour. If you've got a good idea, the People Power Fund may be able to help you achieve it.
"If you're a community group with good ideas to cut crime or make your area safer go to the website now to find out more."
People Power applications need to be sponsored by the group's local Neighbourhood Police Officer or Police Community Support Officer.
More details, including application forms and an animated video about the fund, are available now at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/fund
variety: WATERFALL and Waterhouses Players are to present their highly successful variety show at Ipstones next week.
The show, entitled 'Fit For Heroes', is for one night only at Ipstones Memorial Hall on Tuesday March 18 at 8pm.
The show comes following the groups sell out five night performances at Waterfall.
Tickets, priced at £5.00, are available by calling Wendy on 07734 701337 or Nicki on 07734 421972