£10k of grants for community in 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

The Express has £10,000 to help struggling community group groups across the district in the second annual Cash Giveaway scheme.

West Yorkshire Police has donated money seized from criminals to our fund which is being supported by the Community Foundation for Wakefield District.

Last year more than £12,000 was given to 13 different organisations, sports teams and community groups in the first ever Cash Giveaway.

Five Towns Stroke Group received £1,550.

Featherstone and District Community Events Association received a grant of £717 last year and applications are now being taken for next year’s giveaway.

Insp Richard Sullivan, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood and policing team, said: “All the money the police have donated to this project has been recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

“It also reminds people crime does not pay and reinforces the message that we will continue to target the assets of criminals who commit crime to fund a lifestyle that would ordinarily be beyond their means.”

The Community Foundation has also launched its endowment appeal.

Shona Walsh, chief executive of the Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership again with the Express.

“Together we aim to create a much needed new pot of funding to help community groups throughout our district.”

To apply for a grant contact the foundation on 01924 239181.