Essex Community Foundation

Before applying please read our guidelines via the link below.

Application guidelines

High Sheriffs’ Fund

-Please note that applications to the 2016/17 High Sheriffs' Fund are now closed-

It is estimated that nearly 400,000 people undertake some form of charity or voluntary work in Essex. This dedication and devotion to our communities makes for a healthier and safer society. An important part of the role of the High Sheriff is to recognise and promote the voluntary sector, with particular emphasis on those organisations, which support law and order, and tackle crime and social problems in their communities.

The High Sheriffs’ Fund was established in Essex in 1993 to reward community initiatives that address crime and anti-social behaviour and is managed by ECF. Each year the High Sheriff of Essex makes awards to voluntary groups and gives recognition to those who are tackling local problems. The Awards scheme comprises:

The High Sheriffs’ Fund

The High Sheriffs’ Certificate encourages local individuals to nominate an individual or a voluntary organisation to receive recognition for their outstanding work promoting crime prevention and community safety. A nomination can be made by submitting the form. To download the form click here

The High Sheriffs’ Fund supports local community and voluntary organisations seeking financial support and groups can apply for up to £1,000 for projects that will make local people, of all ages, feel safer in their homes, schools, towns and villages. The grant applicant should be a voluntary or community group, working for the benefit of the people in Essex, Southend or Thurrock. Click here for more information on how to apply.

The Volunteer Centre Essex Award

The Volunteer Centre Essex Award encourages volunteers to nominate their voluntary or community group for an award. A cash award of £1,000 is given to the organisation, which best demonstrates the use of good practice in providing encouragement, support, training and supervision to volunteers. Nomination applications are obtained from your local district Volunteer Centre or by contacting Chelmsford CVS on 01245 250731 or