High Sheriff of Essex urges community groups to apply for funding

COMMUNITY groups in Uttlesford are being invited to apply for grants so they can continue to keep the district safe from crime.

High Sheriff of Essex Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise’s High Sheriffs’ Awards Scheme gives out grants up to �1,000 to voluntary and community groups that are “working to make their local communities safer place to live”.

It is also a chance for those who make an “outstanding” contribution to be recognised for all the hard work they do to keep their community safe.

Lady Ruggles-Brise said: “It is a great honour to be the Queen’s representative for law and order in the county. I do urge voluntary organisations that are working on initiatives with local people to keep our communities safe from crime, to apply for an award.

“The Awards ceremony provides a unique stage on which to show off their work as well as a great opportunity for their valuable contribution to be recognised.”

Local grant making trust, Essex community foundation manages the High Sheriffs’ Fund and administers the Awards Scheme, working with local Community Safety Officers and local Volunteer Centres.

An independent panel of judges, chaired by the High Sheriff and including past High Sheriffs, will agree the Awards which will be presented by the High Sheriff at a special event to be held in March 2012.

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The deadline date for completed applications to the High Sheriffs’ Awards is December 1. Application forms and details about the criteria can be found on the foundation’s website essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or if you would like to discuss an application, contact the foundation’s grants team on 01245 356018.