Community groups can bid for chunks of cash for projects to help tackle problems with arson.
The £36,000 fund has been set up by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) so local groups can run deliberate fire reduction projects in their own communities.
The fund is designed to support innovation and creativity in communities, helping people to tackle local arson issues, building on the Government¿s concept of localism.
The one-year pilot fund will be managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, which has the specialist knowledge and skills to administer the grant application process and whose CEO, Jane Darlington, accepted a cheque on Thursday to officially launch the scheme.
Cllr Fred Brown, Chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority, said: “Previously when there have been problems with arson we have given our own resources to tackle the problem.
“We are now looking at other innovative ways of engaging the community to get closer to the problem with the aim of improving it from within.
“This is about creating sustainable projects that empower local people to help solve problems in their own communities.”
Groups and organisations will have to submit applications direct to the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, before a board of CFRS personnel and the Chairman of the Authority choose the most suitable ones.
Jane Darlington, CEO of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, said: “We are pleased to be working with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. The new programme presents a great opportunity for voluntary and community groups to fund projects aimed at reducing deliberate fires within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and we want to hear from projects that can identify the benefits they will deliver for local people and communities.”
The money for the scheme has been set aside from the Service’s fire prevention budget.
Any groups or organisations wanting to submit an application for a grant should log on to www.cambscf.org.uk to access an online application form.
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