HOMELESS youngsters, volunteer street pastors and litter-pickers have all been chosen by the public to receive a cash boost.
Community groups in Gosport were invited to bid for part of a £12,000 grant from the Gosport Community Safety Partnership.
More than a dozen groups applied for the funding and it was up to residents to decide who got the cash.
Members of the public were invited to Gosport’s Town Hall to watch presentations from each group.
The projects were then given a score between one and 10, with the highest-ranking bids receiving the money they asked for.
Sam Mitchell, projects officer at Gosport Borough Council who organised the event, said: ‘The day was really buzzing with a tense but exciting atmosphere as everyone didn’t know what to expect.
‘Most of the presenters were nervous but the audience was very encouraging and supportive.’
Eight groups were chosen to receive the funds they asked for.
The Forton Footy Project received £1,000 to pay for young people to attending coaching courses.
The Young Homeless and Hungry project received £900 to provide food and travel for around 120 homeless young people for a year.
Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction was given £995 to pay for litter-picking equipment.
Gosport’s Street Pastors were given £1,300 to help train another five volunteers.
Dance Motiv8tion was given £3,400 to take 12 young people who are involved in anti-social behaviour on a 12-week dance programme to learn about their impact on the community.
Rowner Music Night got £1,500 to pay for music sessions for youngsters.
The Transformer Drug and Alcohol Support Service got £1,170 to hire a venue for the support group for another year.
And the Power to Change programme now has £1,681 to pay for a programme aimed at preventing domestic abuse.