Countdown to Cash Giveaway

Wakefield Community Foundation. chief exectutive Shona Walsh.

Wakefield Community Foundation. chief exectutive Shona Walsh.

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COMMUNITY groups have just two weeks left to apply for grants after thousands of pounds was raised to give them a cash lifeline.

The deadline for applications to the Wakefield Annual Cash Giveaway is Friday, March 30.

The Express teamed up with the Community Foundation for Wakefield District to launch the campaign, appealing to businesses to leave a lasting legacy to help struggling community groups stay afloat.

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. A judging panel will decide on the successful applicants after the deadline closes.

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

Shona Walsh, chief executive of, the Community Foundation, said support from schemes like the Cash Away was vital to cash-strapped community groups and could help some avoid closure.

She said: “I would like to say a special thank you to the donors who contributed to this new fund for the district. By supporting the Cash Giveaway Appeal you enable us to provide a larger fund which is providing crucial support for our groups and organisations.”

Application forms can be downloaded at www.communityfoundationwakefield.co.uk

For more information, write to Community Foundation for Wakefield District, Suite 5, Vincent House, 136 Westgate, Wakefield WF2 9SR, telephone 01924 239181 or e-mail info@wakefieldcommunityfounda tion.co.uk