Baltimore County Police are accepting applications for their Community Crime Prevention and Youth Activity Grants Program for fiscal year 2016, according to a press release Tuesday. 

Community Crime Prevention grants can be used for Citizen on Patrol (COP) groups and other programs working to reduce crime.

"We help them get off the ground and we're very proud of what they do," said Sebastian Zito of the Baltimore County Police Department's Grants Management Team. "They really help us out as the eyes and ears of the police department."

Youth Activity Grants are available for programs focused on early intervention and long-term behavior modification of at-risk youth, the release said.

Last year, 43 groups and individuals received grants through the program, Zito said.

Crime prevention grants ranged from $200 to $4,000, while grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 were awarded to youth programs, Zito said.

Applications will be reviewed by a grants committee in March and awards will be announced in May, he said.

The grants are only available to nonprofit organizations, community organizations and individuals that operate or reside in Baltimore County. 

Application packets can be obtained by calling Zito at 410-887-5637.

The application deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.