Organisers of this year’s Luton and Bedfordshire Community Awards are inviting locally focused charities to apply for what could be a massive cash boost later this year.

Last year’s Community Awards raised £25,000 for the Luton Food Bank to buy a new van and pay the insurance, tax and fuel for the next four years.

Mostaque Koyes, the awards organiser, said: “We are inviting charities to put forward a compelling case for this funding pot. The committee of judges, sponsors, and members of the local community will choose their winner later this year.

“The most important thing that the committee will be looking for is that there is something tangible to come from the money. The community must be able to see what difference the cash makes.”

Over the last eight years the awards have recognised and rewarded the magnificent teams and people who make up the vibrant, multicultural community across Luton and Bedfordshire.

In that time, a host of charities have benefited from a combined total of £125,000, including the Luton Food Bank, Luton & Dunstable Hospital, and Level Trust to name just three.

The money comes from donations from fundraising throughout the year and is presented on the awards evening.

A new form, available from the awards website, asks for information on the aims and objectives of the charities, their approximate fundraising income and details how the charity applicant helps to benefit the local community in and around Luton and Bedfordshire.

The deadline for entering and other details are available on the Community Awards website here