Cwmamman and Quarter Bach have been selected to take part in a scheme that will let people choose how they want to spend a pot of police money.

The sum of £10,000 has been set aside by Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, which will see community groups or projects in the area invited to pitch for a grant of up £2,500 each - and local residents will decide who is successful.

Carmarthenshire county council has also agreed to donate £2,500 and Cwmamman town council has agreed to fund 25 per cent of any successful Cwmamman projects.

The project is called Mynydd Du Community Fund and groups from the communities of Cwmamman and Quarter Bach will have the chance to apply for funding through the process called Participatory Budgeting.

It is a democratic way of empowering communities by allowing them to bid for money to fund projects that meet the theme of improving and promoting wellbeing in the community.

A steering group, with support from Ammanford's neighbourhood policing team, has been set up to help with the process.

PCSO Dayton Hughes from the neighbourhood policing team said: "This funding has come at the right time for some local projects and organisations because of the financial impact of coronavirus.

“The community will be making all the decisions themselves, as long as it meets the criteria of improving and promoting the wellbeing in the community."

Applications are now open to residents and groups from Cwmamman and Quarter Bach areas and need to be submitted by Friday, October 9 at 5pm.

Applications forms are available by emailing or visit the Mynydd Du Community Fund Facebook page.

All successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by October 14 and a public vote will follow.

PCSO Hughes added: "Because of Covid-19 restrictions an online event via Zoom will take place on Saturday, November 7, where people will have the chance to vote for their favourite projects."

To register to vote visit the Mynydd Du Community Fund Facebook page or click here.