KEIGHLEY-district groups are being invited to apply for cash aid in the latest round of the Safer Communities Fund.

The charity pot is financed with money recovered from criminals by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Behind the fund, now in its 12th round, is West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.

Voluntary and community groups, charities and partners can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

Since the fund was launched three years ago, nearly £2 million has been distributed between more than 430 deserving projects, including several in the Keighley area.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "The Safer Communities Fund is going from strength to strength.

"I would encourage groups to apply for funding.

"I have seen at first-hand how even small amounts of money can make a real difference. Year on year we are over-subscribed, which demonstrates the passion in our communities to work with me to make a difference.

"Anyone who feels the work they are doing in their community meets the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan should apply.

"We all have a responsibility to work together to keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe and local groups and organisations play a crucial role in addressing these issues.

"Another big thank-you goes to our police service and prosecutors for helping to recover this money, ensuring that crime doesn't pay here in West Yorkshire and enabling the fund to make such a difference across the county."

Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Dee Collins, said the Safer Communities Fund was an "extremely beneficial" initiative.

She added: "By reinvesting seized criminal assets, we can support worthwhile organisations and projects."

The fund closes for applications on Friday, October 6.

Visit or call 01924 294000 for more details.