The deadline for applications for grant money available from the Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund is Dec. 20.

In October, Attorney General Matt Denn and Delaware Division of Small Business, Development and Tourism Director Cerron Cade announced $1.3 million in funds for community organizations to support crime reduction, neighborhood revitalization and economic development programs statewide, with special emphasis on programs in and around downtown areas and neighborhoods.

The grant funds were allocated to the NBBF by the Department of Justice, with the agreement of the general assembly’s Joint Finance Committee, from settlements with national banks for alleged misconduct in the national financial markets.

Among the listed goals of the grants from the state’s NBBF are to address unmet needs of high crime areas statewide; improve resources and opportunities for at-risk juveniles and adolescents; increase the use of planning that incorporates crime prevention strategies; and enable projects by neighborhood-level organizations that may not traditionally receive grant funding.

The application with the full list of purposes and requirements is available at downtowndelaware.org. Applications are to the Division of Small Business, Development and Tourism, which administers NBBF.

Successful applicants are expected to be determined in the first few months of 2018.