The High Sheriff’s Award Scheme

Groups can apply for grants which will be awarded to projects that enable young people to gain new skills and confidence, such that they can volunteer in their community for the benefit of others.

Young people who have been helped by a High Sheriff Award

Background to the High Sheriff’s Award Scheme

A High Sheriff is appointed by Her Majesty at a meeting of the Privy Council, for one year.  The Office of High Sheriff is over 1,000 years old and the key elements of the role are supporting those who administer law and order.

It is an apolitical role, undertaken on a voluntary basis, at no cost to the public purse and so is well suited to lending support and encouragement to charities, community groups and voluntary services.

The High Sheriff’s Award Scheme was established in Cambridgeshire over 18 years ago to support this charitable work.  It recognises achievement and awards grants to projects involving young people in positive activities which benefit the community. The Cambridgeshire High Sheriff’s Award Scheme is managed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.