COMMUNITY groups seeking grants could be asked to do projects such as litter picks as a condition of getting their funding.

Barnsley Council want the town to have more community-led volunteering efforts, with the goal of 'kick-starting' communities to do more to help themselves.

Six newly-created 'mini councils' have been set up with the idea that they'll commission services from groups and small businesses in the borough. 

Services could be anything from health improvement projects to gardening or setting up a community broadband scheme, depending on what is chosen as an area's priorities.

Each area council, made up of elected members and its own officers, can decide how it spends its allowance but will expect something in return for funding.

For example, a local football team asking for a grant for shirts might be asked to do a litter pick.

Council leader Steve Houghton said area councils would create more self-reliant communities as well as increasing volunteering and backing local businesses.

"There is nearly £100million coming out of our budget over the next few years," he said. "We'll be less able to respond to local need so we have got to do things differently.

"That doesn't mean the most vulnerable people will be left alone - there will still be a borough council and an economic plan. The aim is to strengthen communities and help them get through these difficult times."

The area councils are: Central Barnsley, Dearne, North Barnsley, North East Barnsley, Penistone and South Barnsley. From April 2014, they will each have their own budget depending on their size.

For example, the biggest area is Central Barnsley, which comprises of Central, Kingstone, Dodworth, Worsbrough and Stairfoot wards. This area will get £500,000.