South Yorkshire Fire Authority handed out £500,000 last year to help make the county safer.
The cash was donated from the Authority’s Stronger Communities Reserve, with groups able to bid for between £5,000 and £250,000 to support projects which reduce injuries and save lives.
The cash helped pay for 3,000 baby room thermometers to be handed out to all expectant parents in Barnsley.
The thermometers are specially designed to display important messages about fire safety and smoke free homes.
A cutting edge research project to help the fire service carried out by Sheffield Hallam University to predict where fires are most likely to occur in the future has also received funding.
Fire Authority Chairman Jim Andrews, said: “The fund was heavily over-subscribed last year and the 19 projects the Authority gave money to really were the best of the best.”