ILL-GOTTEN money which was seized from criminals is being offered to local groups and charities.

Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has just opened up the application process for the final round of grant funding which uses money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act

Proceeds from fraud, robbery, drug dealing and stolen goods is being invested back into the community. When a person is convicted of a crime, their assets can be taken if it can be proved that it was gained through illegal means.

Non-profit voluntary and community organisations are encouraged to apply for grants for up to £5,000 to help fund and improve their projects.

In order to be considered for a grant, the projects must target at least one of Commissioner Wright’s priorities to either protect the most vulnerable people from crime, to reduce anti-social behaviour, improve visible policing, prevent reoffending and ensuring victims and witnesses receive a better deal.

Forms and further information are available for download from here.

Groups have until 2pm on Thursday, September 12 to submit their applications.