The High Sheriffs' Fund

The Fund aims to encourage groups, especially young people, to be involved in challenging activities to serve a purpose in diverting and deterring them from anti-social behaviour and crime. The Fund offers young people up to the age of 21 a great chance to show how constructive they can be in their communities and what they can do to help themselves and others in their neighbourhood.

Following a major commitment of funds by the Police and Crime Commissioner in 2013, the Fund is able to support a wide range of initiatives, many of which are likely to be referred by the Police or by organisations with objectives in line with those of The Fund. The programme will support activities organised for and by young people that aim to combat anti-social and criminal behaviour, promote healthy living, stimulate personal development and encourage inclusion. Specific projects are favoured for funding over general expenses. Grants of up to £2,500 will be considered at three annual High Sheriff's Fund panel meetings to be held in February, June, and October. Smaller grants of up to £400 will be fast-tracked and considered within two weeks of receipt.

Eligibility Criteria

Grants from the High Sheriff's Fund aim to support activities for young people that:

  • Divert young people away from crime
  • Help to raise the confidence and self esteem of young people
  • Provide informal learning and development opportunities
  • Improve the health and well being of young people

All applications must demonstrate how their proposed project will deliver one or more of the above, the key criterion being crime prevention.

To apply for funding, click here for further information.


Read all about High Sheriff Grants here.