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High Sheriff invites applications

6th September 2018

- Please note that the deadline date of 1 December has passed and we are no longer accepting applications for this round of funding. If you have any questions, please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018 -

Local charities and voluntary 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 that are working to make their communities safer and better places in which to live.

Projects that have received grants previously include a handyman service for housebound and vulnerable people living in Epping Forest District, construction skills training in Chelmsford for disadvantaged teenagers and a mentoring programme in Clacton for boys who do not have a positive male role model in their lives.

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

Bryan Burrough, High Sheriff of Essex said: “I have had the privilege of visiting some amazing organisations that are doing great work and I am sure that there are many more groups working in local communities.  I would encourage them to apply to ECF for a grant as the High Sheriffs Awards provides a wonderful opportunity to thank them for the work they are doing and to sing their praises.”

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 to be held at Hylands House in March 2019.

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 valuable financial resource for the Essex voluntary sector.  ECF is delighted to manage the Fund and work with successive High Sheriffs’, helping them to direct funds to where they are most needed and tackle important issues at a local level.” 

The closing date for grant applications for the High Sheriffs’ Fund is 1 December