Cash lifeline is open to groups

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GRANTS are available to help struggling community groups stay afloat after thousands of pounds was raised for the Express Cash Giveaway.

The Wakefield Annual Cash Giveaway is now open to applications – and more cash donations from companies.

The Express teamed up with the Community Foundation for Wakefield District to launch the campaign, appealing to businesses to leave a lasting legacy for future generations in the city.

We received a cash pledge of £5,000 from property consultancy NPS and council street lighting firm Amey gave £1,000.

The fund was boosted further when West Yorkshire Police pledged £7,000 from cash seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act – money clawed back from criminals which will provide a lifeline to cash-strapped community groups.

Now grants ranging from £200 to £2,000 are available. The fund is open to applications until March 30, when a judging panel will decide on the successful applicants.

Those successful will then be invited to an awards ceremony to receive their cheques.

Express editor Mark Bradley said: “This amount of cash could be critical to the survival of some of our grass-roots community groups, so it’s great to be able to get the application process underway.

“My thanks go to the organisations that made donations and I would urge other companies that would like to be involved for the next round of fundraising to get in touch.”

Application forms can be downloaded at www.communi tyfoundationwakefield.co.uk

For information, write to Community Foundation for Wakefield District, Suite 5, Vincent House, 136 Westgate, Wakefield WF2 9SR, call 239181, e-mail info@wakefieldcommunityfound ation.co.uk