High Sheriff invites applications from Thurrock

CHARITIES and voluntary groups that are playing a vital role in keeping people safe from harm, helping victims of crime or delivering activities that are making their local communities safer places to live and work, are being given the chance to apply for funding to support their work.

Grants are available from the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF), which manages the High Sheriffs’ Fund and other charitable funds that support community safety initiatives across the county.

A service supporting victims of modern slavery, online safety courses and work placement opportunities for ex-offenders are among the projects that have received grants previously. 

The deadline to make applications for the latest round of grants is 1 December and organisations across Essex are being encouraged to contact ECF to apply.

Simon Brice is the current High Sheriff of Essex and since lockdown restrictions were lifted, he has visited numerous charities and voluntary groups across the county to see first-hand the difference such organisations are making.

He said: “The role of the High Sheriff is, in part, about recognising the important work of the charitable sector in making our communities safer places. The grants from the High Sheriffs’ Fund are just one way of showing thanks and appreciation, so I very much encourage groups to apply.”

Andy Payne Worpole, Head of Programmes at ECF, said: “We are delighted to work with successive High Sheriffs to ensure that the money they raise tackles important issues at a local level. 

“We also have other charitable funds that can support community safety initiatives so please call our dedicated grants team who will give support and guidance on making an application for a grant.” 

For more information about making an application visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018.

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