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.

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.

17/18 Awards

Cambridge Student Community Action received a 17/18 High Sheriff Award to build a local database of volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14 - 21 years of age

Link to Change received a 17/18 High Sheriff Award to run a project enabling 8 young people to write and produce a rap song and music video raising awareness for Child Sexual Exploitation

Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets Wisbech Unit received a 17/18 High Sheriff Award to purchase air rifles and associated equipment so that members can gain shooting awards

Waterbeach and Landbeach Action for Youth (WAY) received a 17/18 High Sheriff Award to run art masterclasses for young people to assist them with community art projects

Young People March received a 17/18 High Sheriff Award to increase the activities for the current group of young volunteers including environmental activities and arts & crafts in care homes

The Ferry Project received a 17/18 High Sheriff Award to provide play equipment as part of a project to turn an overgrown wilderness area into a community garden for local families

Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums received a 17/18 High Sheriff Award to encourage youth involvement in music through the purchasing of additional musical instruments

272 (Wisbech) Squadron Air Training Corps received a 17/18 High Sheriff Award to provide radio equipment which will help the Cadets during squadron field exercises and be used during exercises for Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh expeditions

18/19 Awards

Information on how to apply for a 18/19 High Sheriff Award will be detailed on this webpage before the end of March 2018.  It is likely that there will be several application deadlines  ( most likely 1 May 2018, 1 August  2018 and 1 November 2018) .