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High Sheriff Invites Applications

26th October 2017

Local voluntary and community organisations are encouraged to apply for funding from the High Sheriff of Essex Awards Scheme. 

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and the money will be awarded to groups who are working to make their communities safer and better places in which to live.

Projects which have received grants previously include diversionary activities for young people, educational programmes about drug and alcohol misuse, schemes which highlight the dangers of financial scams, initiatives which support victims of crime, programmes for reintegration and employability, and projects to help people deal with the stresses and strains of life.

The deadline date for applications is 1 December, so now is the time for organisations to take up the opportunity to apply for a grant to support their work.

High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall said: “The annual High Sheriffs’ Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise the essential contribution that voluntary organisations make in keeping their local communities safer and better places in which to live.

“As I travel around the county visiting organisations, I am seeing first-hand the enormous contribution that they and their staff and volunteers are making. I urge organisations to recognise this opportunity and apply for funding so they can further boost their efforts.”

An independent panel of judges, chaired by the High Sheriff and including past High Sheriffs, will review the applications and the awards will be presented by the High Sheriff at a ceremony in March 2018.

The historic role of a High Sheriff is to promote law and order and it also now encompasses giving recognition and reward to those who help promote the safety and quality of life of all those that live in Essex.

Since it came under ECF’s management in 1997, the High Sheriff’s Fund has awarded 600 grants totalling nearly £500,000.

Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive of ECF, said, “The High Sheriffs’ Fund is a treasured financial resource to the Essex voluntary sector. ECF is delighted to manage the Fund and work with successive High Sheriffs, helping them to direct funding where it is most needed and tackle important issues at a local level.”

The closing date for grant applications from this year’s High Sheriffs’ Fund is 1 December 2017.  To apply for  funding, click here and if you have any questions please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018.

The High Sheriffs' Awards also encourages local people to nominate an individual or a voluntary organisation to receive recognition for their outstanding work promoting crime prevention and community safety. To download the nomination form, click here.


26th October 2017

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Steve Packham, Chief Executive of Chelmsford City Council, who died peacefully on 24 October 2017 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Steve was a former Trustee of ECF and served on the Board for six years from October 2004 to November 2010.  He was a great advocate and supporter of the Foundation’s work and actively encouraged other Councils and public agencies to engage with us in supporting their local voluntary and community sector.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

“It was a privilege to work with Steve.  He will be greatly missed by all of us here at ECF and, I am sure, by his friends and colleagues at Chelmsford City Council.” Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive

Read our article in Essex Life

20th October 2017

ECF is delighted to be featured in the November issue of Essex Life.

The article highlights how being philanthrophic is not just for those with a multi-million pound lifestyle and is, instead, a rewarding way for many of us to make a real difference in our lifetime and beyond. To read the Essex Life article, click here.

If you would like to speak with a member of the team about how establishing an individual, family, or company named fund can benefit your charitable giving, please call 01245 355947 or e-mail Jo Macaulay on

Search and explore our grants

17th October 2017

ECF is pleased to be working with 360Giving to highlight information about our grants.

During our financial year to 30 June 2017 we awarded grants totalling £2.3m. By publishing our grants data to this online platform we hope to share learning across charitable foundations.

If you would like to view the wide range of groups we have supported this year, click here.