Grants of up to £5,000 for young people facing a range of challenges or disadvantage including; poor mental health, bereavement, disability, long term illness, social isolation, substance misuse etc 

The Fund also supports young people in care, care leavers and others who have limited support or opportunities to develop.

The High Sheriff’s Fund provides opportunities for such young people to learn new skills, to develop their character and confidence, and to thrive and fulfil their potential. This may include projects that improve community safety and prevent crime or anti-social behaviour

What is a High Sheriff?

A High Sheriff is appointed by Her Majesty The Queen 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. High Sheriffs take on a personal responsibility for fundraising for charity throughout their year in office.

The High Sheriff’s Fund was established in Cambridgeshire over 20 years ago to support this charitable work. Here are some of the young people who have been supported by a High Sheriff’s Fund grant:

Caroline Bewes is High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire

Caroline Bewes is serving as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 2021/22. As High Sheriff, a particular theme for Caroline will be working to support and encourage those involved in crime prevention with a focus on supporting young people throughout Cambridgeshire.

She will also seek to support the judiciary, the police and the prison services, and looks forward to engaging with the voluntary sector through the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

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Who can apply?
Not-for-profit organisations

Maximum grant
£5,000

Eligible area
Cambridgeshire

Deadline
1st February

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