Community groups are being offered the chance to claim a slice of half a million pounds clawed back from criminals.
They will be able to apply for up to £10,000 from a new fund designed to support efforts to combat crime.
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson visited Wakefield Riding for the Disabled yesterday as he launched the Safer Communities Fund.
The charity received funding last year from money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Mr Burns-Williamson said: “I have launched the Safer Communities Fund to bring together money seized from criminals across the county into a single community purse.
“I want to make it easier for local groups and organisations to receive money under the Proceeds of Crime Act and make a difference to the local communities.”
The cash will be available through four bidding rounds each year.
Bids must meet the objectives of the Police and Crime Plan drawn up by Mr Burns-Williamson following his election in 2012.
Dee Collins, Deputy Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, added: “We continue to clamp down on those benefiting from criminal activity.
“We need the support of the local community, however, to identify those who are committing these crimes and living beyond their means.
“This information will enable us to seize their assets and contribute more money to the Safer Communities Fund.”
The launch of the Safer Communities Fund comes after Mr Burns-Williamson launched a campaign for police forces to keep all the money they seize under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Under current legislation, the Treasury keeps half.
Bids for money under the Safer Communities Fund can be made via the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk.