Rotorua's council is inviting applications to its Community Crime Prevention Fund for the 2012/13 year with $25,000 available for new community safety projects within the district.
Rotorua District Council acting community safety projects officer Linda Johnston said the Community Crime Prevention Fund provided local not-for-profit organisations with funding assistance.
The funding was to help implement programmes which would reduce or prevent crime, enhance positive perceptions of safety in the community, or better equip an organisation to carry out these activities.
"This fund gives not-for-profit groups the opportunity to be creative and come up with original ideas on how to reduce offending and increase safety in the community," she said.
"We're particularly keen to consider ideas that are different and fresh, whether from a new group about to embark on a community safety project, or an existing organisation offering an extension to their current services."
Funding applications will be reviewed by the council's Crime Prevention Fund Committee which is made up of police representatives, youth councillors, district councillors and a member of the Te Arawa Standing Committee.
Application forms and detailed criteria are available online from the council's website www.rdc.govt.nz. Click on the "Community" tab, then "Grants and Funding". A hard copy application form can also be picked up from the council's Civic Centre in Haupapa St.
Applications close at 4pm on Friday, September 28.