Five community groups across Sheffield have been handed cash boosts to pay for projects.
Sheffield Council has given £1,000 from its Streets Ahead Community Partnership fund to each of the groups.
The Link Community Group, the 393 Club, Sharrow Community Forum, the 76th Sheffield Scout Group and the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust will each get money to pay for schemes ranging from community gardens to an art project using discarded rubbish.
The Link group will run a school art project to create sculptures from rubbish and educate youngsters about littering.
The Sharrow forum will brighten up corners of their area, and the 393 Club will create a garden at its Hillsborough base.
The wildlife trust will use the donation to open up the area around Crabtree Ponds in Burngreave, and the scouts will cut back undergrowth and refurbish their garden.
Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We had 40 very high quality applications for a share of the £5,000 community fund and, after a full assessment process and rigorous interviews, we selected the five community groups across the city we felt were most deserving of the money and could do the best for their communities.
“It is great to see that each of the groups is doing something different with the money, but all have the same goal of taking ownership of their environments and make communal, safe spaces for all to enjoy.”
Graham Drew, the 393 Club’s youth club manager, said: “This will make a huge difference to the youth club, turning something of an eyesore into a pleasant, usable area for us to have barbecues or just relax in.”