The Gwent High Sheriffs' Community Fund Cronfa Gymunedol Uchel Siryf Gwent
Social inclusion
Social inclusion

Social inclusion is at the heart of our work and the funding enables the most disadvantaged young people in the community to access the Friday Night Project.

 Bob Barry, Community Development Officer

Participatory Budgeting
Participatory Budgeting

“The Your Voice, Your Choice event aims to support groups and organisations that are contributing greatly to the field of community safety and diverting people away from crime and anti-social behaviour. It encourages community participation...(and) gives the groups an opportunity to interact with each other and to learn more about all of the positive work that is taking place locally.”

Gwent Police Constable Carmel Napier 

Inspiring change in young people
Inspiring change in young people

"Before I started here my attitude was lousy, I was aggressive and in danger of committing crime and losing education. This project has changed my life and has given me the skills to gain employment"

Beneficiary of a project supported by the Gwent High Sheriffs' Community Fund


The Gwent High Sheriffs’ Community Fund aims to provide a safer and better quality of life for the people of Gwent by supporting community-based initiatives which mentor and inspire young people in order to help reduce crime and enhance community safety.

Managed by the Community Foundation in Wales, this Fund grew out of the Gwent Shrievalty Policy Trust, and is a testament to partnership in philanthropy: the current, past and future High Sheriffs steer the Fund’s Panel working alongside Gwent Police and the Community Foundation in Wales.

You can support the Gwent High Sheriffs' Community Endowment Fund by donating through the Just Giving page, or visit our Support Us page to find out more. 

Our annual Participatory Grant-making event, ‘Your Voice, Your Choice’, is a partnership between the Gwent High Sheriffs’ Community Fund and the Police & Crime Commissioner for Gwent. It is an innovative grant-giving format which enables local people to prioritise the solutions that they think will best address local needs. This format gives people an alternative way to communicate their message, and a platform to share their energy, passion and vision for a thriving Gwent. Our 2016 event was held in Torfaen and 23 groups received a share of a grants pot of almost £75,000.

“Every March at a gathering hosted by one of the five local authorities, we hold a grant giving day. Thirty groups, which have already been shortlisted down from 70 or so applications, make a short pitch for their funding request. They are judged by their fellow applicants, not the High Sheriff or council representatives, and the winners awarded their funding. This year, with support from the Police and Crime Commissioner, we gave out almost £75,000 to 23 organisations. A panel of past and future High Sheriffs ensure that all recipients are visited during the year to offer both encouragement and further support.”

Anthony Clay DL
High Sheriff of Gwent 2016/17