Clock is ticking for cash giveaway

Insp Richard Sullivan and Shona Walsh for this year's Cash Giveaway
Insp Richard Sullivan and Shona Walsh for this year's Cash Giveaway

Cash-strapped community groups and charities have less than a month to nominate themselves for a grant of up to £1,000 in the annual Cash Giveaway.

The Express has teamed up with the Community Foundation for Wakefield District and West Yorkshire Police to dish out a total of £10,000.

The money has been seized from criminals and will be handed out to the organisations who really make a difference to their communities.

Insp Richard Sullivan,of the Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for community groups across the district to apply for funding to assist them in their respective projects.

“All the money that the police have donated to this project has been recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

“It also reminds the public that crime does not pay and reinforces the message that we will continue to target criminals who commit crime to fund a lavish lifestyle.”

Last year, 13 different groups received grants in the inaugural Cash Giveaway.

Shona Walsh, chief executive of the Community Foundation for Wakefield District, said: “Together with West Yorkshire Police, we have been able to pull resources and create a much needed grant programme for our district.”

To apply for a Cash Giveaway grant, visit

Entries close on Friday, February 7.