South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has donated £13,000 to a charity which works with vulnerable young people.
Dr Alan Billings gave the cash to the Brathay Trust, based in Sheffield, as part of his community grant scheme.
Organisations can apply for cash to fund projects which help tackle crime and support victims.
The Brathay Trust, which works with young people through community-based youth work and outdoor learning experiences in the Lake District, plans to spend the cash helping victims of child sexual exploitation.
Dr Billings said: “Brathay works with young people and especially vulnerable young people.
“I hope this grant will allow them to continue supporting these young people as they grow, learn and achieve and help them through any barriers they face.
“I am especially interested in the work they do to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, helping young people to recognise the signs of potential abuse and so reduce the chances of them being exploited.”
Christie Munley, Brathay Campaign Co-ordinator, said: “There are significant numbers of children being groomed for sex in South Yorkshire.
“This grant funding will allow us to work closely with young people at a much earlier stage, as we know which young people are most at risk.
“Our project will target and work with individuals before they get to crisis point, reducing the number being exploited and minimising the harm done to those already involved in exploitation.
“I would like to thank Dr Billings for allowing us the opportunity to continue our work.”