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.

Dr Andy Harter (CBE) is the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire


Dr Andy Harter (CBE) is the current High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.  Andy was installed at a service in April 2018, taking over the role from the outgoing High Sheriff Richard Pemberton.

High Sheriffs take on a personal responsibility for fundraising for charity throughout their year in office.

The High Sheriff's Award Scheme is one of many funds managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has been chosen as the official charity of the 2018 Chariots Of Fire relay race. Money raised by the event will be awarded to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation for the High Sheriff's Award Scheme.

The Award Scheme supports young people in Cambridgeshire  who face real difficulties because of poor mental health, bereavement, disability and long term illness. Others have limited support or opportunities to develop, either due to low aspirations or to the limited income of their families. The Cambridgeshire High Sheriff’s Awards  provide opportunities for such young people to learn new skills, to develop their character and confidence, and to turn things around so they thrive and are able to make a positive difference to their communities. 


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.