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Cash seized from criminals is being dished out to community groups as part of a police grant scheme.

Groups and organisations can apply to the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund for a one-off £5,000 grant.

The force has awarded around £140,000 through the scheme so far.

Funds for the grants were taken from money seized by officers under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Mark Burns Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: “There is an incredible demand for funding to pay for community projects from a very diverse and varied audience across West Yorkshire, which will help people be safer and feel safer.

“I would urge any organisations or groups that feel they meet the criteria for the grants to apply.

“We have helped some very worthwhile causes in the previous years and I hope this year will see more.”

The deadline for applications for the current round of grants closes on Friday.

Winners will be invited to a community event, where they will be presented with the cash.

The scheme is open to voluntary and community groups, small charities and non-profit groups, as well as national charities working in West Yorkshire,

Applications must meet the criteria outlined in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan.

Visit www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/our-business/the-police-crime-plan for more information.