PEOPLE across local communities in the area are being encouraged to get involved in the new Love Your Street campaign.
Backed by The News, it is a grants project where people in Portsmouth are being urged to work with their neighbours to build stronger communities.
One of the biggest sponsors to the campaign is The Southern Co-operative.
The firm is donating £20,000 over a two-year period to the campaign.
Jessica Hughes is The Southern Co-operative’s communications and community engagement manager.
She said: ‘As a co-operative, we believe in supporting the community and environment.
‘Our business was founded here in Portsmouth in 1873 by a group of dock workers who decided to work together to make a better life for their families, which is why the values of community support are so embedded in our business.
‘Love Your Street is a great initiative that aims to encourage people to work with their neighbours to build stronger local communities.
‘We hope local groups will apply for funding to help make a positive difference to their local community.’
Jessica is encouraging people to get involved and submit a bid for the project to give the area they live in a boost.
She added: ‘Whether you’re neighbours who have decided to work together to improve your local area or an established volunteer group, we want to give you a helping hand and look forward to seeing your applications.
‘It will be exciting to see these community schemes come to life over the coming months.’
Residents can apply for grants for projects that could make a change for the better in a street or small neighbourhood.
The remaining £10,000 of the funding comes from The Cities of Service funding that the city won last year.
In total, it will provide up to 30 £500 mini-grants each year.
In 2014, Portsmouth became a member of the international coalition of cities known as Cities of Service.
The city was awarded £180,000 to fund the creation of a Chief Service Office post and to support new initiatives that encourage people to volunteer and improve the areas where they live.
The programme is called Portsmouth Together.
How to apply
As part of the application process, you must describe a project to improve the lives of people in your community that can be carried out between June and August this year.
You must provide a budget for how you would spend the grant of up to £500. and indicate what city services or support from the council your group wants. The grant programme seeks to have 30 projects happening across the city and aims to fund projects in each of the 14 wards of the city. Groups may be long-standing, newly-established or in the process of forming, and are not required to have charity status.
Closing date for entries is Tuesday, March 24.