The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund – UK
The Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) is seeking applications for its High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund to support from Mayoral Combined Authority.
The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are fifty-five High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.
The fund invites applications from 1-year projects that are working with young people to create safe communities. Projects should be youth led; this means that the project-idea should come from young people. If projects are adult led, young people aged 5-25 years should play a significant role in the management and delivery.
The Fund welcomes applicants from across West Yorkshire to apply for grants of up to £2,500 to prevent and combat crime to create safer communities.
What can the Fund support?
The Fund aims to encourage young people aged 5-25 years to work together to prevent and combat crime to create safer communities. Applications are requested from 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 (youth led), or where the project was developed by others (adult led) young people should have a significant role in its management and delivery.
Types of activities that can be funded
Alternative pathways for young people at risk of getting involved in crime through after school sports sessions or workshops
Skills based activities and workshops that promote career pathways or learning
Projects that support young people to feel safer, more active, happier and better able to control emotions
They encourage all applications to consider:
How they will evidence learning and demonstrate and evaluate outcomes from the project; applicants should consider including costs for external evaluation or additional internal capacity to ensure they can effectively report on this
Full Cost Recovery, including a relevant portion of management costs and overheads
Staff costs, which should wherever possible include paying staff at least the real Living Wage
Costs which enable the project to be fully inclusive and accessible (E.G. transport, food, childcare)
How they envisage a successful project could be sustained after this funding ends
Incorporated community groups such as CIOs, CICs and charitable companies from the third sector that:
Are registered with the Charity Commission, Companies House or Mutuals Public Register (FCA)
Have a constitution or other relevant governance document
Have a management committee/board of directors/trustees of at least three unrelated people, none of whom have significant control
Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories
Are based in or supporting people living in the West Yorkshire Area
Charities that are registered with the Charity Commission but are not an incorporated structure can also apply. They must also fulfil the above bullet points. However, grants cannot be used to pay staff that are directly employed by the charity.
Unincorporated, unregistered groups can only apply if their annual income is less than £10,000, and if securing the grant does not take them above this threshold for the year.
For more information, visit https://www.leedscf.org.uk/grants/the-high-sheriff-of-west-yorkshire-fund/