The High Sheriff Youth Awards Scheme, managed by County Durham Community Foundation, makes annual awards in recognition of groups in the community who encourage useful and beneficial pursuits for local young people.

The scheme is supported by the Sir James Knott Trust, Durham Constabulary, the office of the Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner and the Community Foundation and the current High Sheriff, who serves for one year from April 2018, is Mr Stephen Cronin.

In 2019 the awards will focus on youth groups who work on two particular themes:

  • Youth groups who have shown resilience and the ability to innovate in the face of change e.g. cuts to funding
  • Youth groups who have been effective in supporting young offenders into and sticking with employment or training

The panel are also interested to see how groups demonstrate good practice in safeguarding and promoting the health and wellbeing of their members.

Winners of the award in 2018 are not eligible to apply in order that we can celebrate and recognise new groups coming forward.

Award Amount: up to £2,500
Closing Date: Sunday 20th January 2019
Grant Award Date: Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Apply here