High Sheriff of West Yorkshire opens Fund to combat crime and create safer communities

The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Dr Terry Bramall CBE, is delighted to launch the latest round of The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund, and welcomes applicants from across the region.

The Fund was established in 2016 by former High Sheriff Chris Brown Esq, in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation, and has distributed nearly £20,000 over the past year in grants to support the work of vital projects engaging young people and promoting community cohesion.

This latest round of grants will look to support existing projects or community groups looking for continuation funding, or projects wanting to expand and develop their current activities and remit. The idea for the project should either come from a young person aged 5 - 25 or, where the project was developed by adults, young people should have a significant role in its management and delivery.

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent appointment that runs for a single year. Dating back to Anglo Saxon times, more recently High Sheriffs have been particularly active in encouraging crime reduction initiatives, especially amongst young people. Many High Sheriffs also actively assist local charities and Community Foundations working with vulnerable and other people, both in endorsing and helping to raise the profile of their valuable work.

The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Dr Terry Bramall CBE, said: “I am honoured to open the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund for applications this year and offer support to the communities I am proud to represent. I look forward to following the progress of the funded projects and learning more about their work.”

Kate Hainsworth, Deputy CEO of Leeds Community Foundation, which manages the Fund, said: “We are delighted to reopen the High Sheriff Fund this year to support more community-led projects. Young people are an important part of our local communities, and youth led activity can play a key role in helping to combat anti-social behaviour and crime. We look forward to receiving a range of applications from groups across West Yorkshire.”

With grants of £500-£2,500 available, this is a fantastic opportunity for projects across West Yorkshire to build on their current activities and get young people more involved with their local communities.

The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Dr Terry Bramall CBE, will also be considering nominees for the National Crimebeat Awards, which are held in London in April 2018. Since 2012, West Yorkshire has only appeared in the winning categories twice; through the Fund, the High Sheriff hopes to find a potential contender for next year’s Awards.

The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund closes for applications at 12 noon on Thursday 9th November 2017. Grants criteria and application forms can be downloaded from Leeds Community Foundation’s website:  www.leedscf.org.uk/high-sheriff-of-west-yorkshire-fund