The High Sheriff's Fund (Formerly Derbyshire Crimebeat) 

Administered by Derbyshire Community Foundation

Registered charity no.1039485

The High Sheriff’s Fund was set up in 2013 at the behest of the trustees of the former Derbyshire Crimebeat, following their decision to wind up the charitable trust, which they felt had run its natural course as an independent trust. Under the leadership of the Crimebeat Chairman, Sir Henry Every Bt; the 2013/14 High Sheriff, Derek Mapp DL, and the 2014/15 High Sheriff in Nomination, David Coleman QPM,DL, the remaining funds of Derbyshire Crimebeat were transferred to Derbyshire Community Foundation under the terms of an agreement between the two organisations. The object was to provide High Sheriffs with a permanent, dedicated, county-based fund on which to focus any fundraising activities they wished to undertake, and as a result, provide High Sheriffs in the future with the ability to provide monetary awards in support of worthwhile causes in the city and county. These awards are primarily intended for  projects involving young people in activities which have a positive impact on crime reduction and community safety, but, recognising that each successive High Sheriff has different interests and supports different areas of charitable activity, it is anticipated that criteria will broaden and vary over time to include a wide and changing range of activities which reflect this. However,  in recognition of the High Sheriff's key responsibilities to the criminal justice system, and of the good work done by Derbyshire Crimebeat since its inception in 1995,the core aim of diverting young people from involvement in crime will remain constant.

Awards, usually in the form of grants, are agreed twice annually by a grants committee chaired by the incumbent High Sheriff and including the immediate past High Sheriff and the High Sheriff in Nomination, following a public invitation to apply for grants, which is administered by the Derbyshire Community Foundation. Grant cheques are normally presented personally by the High Sheriff at a suitable occasion agreed with the recipients. You can obtain further information about the High Sheriff's Fund, including the criteria for grants and how to apply,from the Derbyshire Community Foundation website at

The High Sheriff’s Awards give countywide recognition to the outstanding work being done by many people in Derbyshire, through local community and voluntary groups. A list of recent grant recipients is available Here.

The Awards highlight the positive contribution made by the groups to ensure their communities are safe and better for everyone.

In addition, the High Sheriff makes a series of Personal Awards to recognise the achievements in the local community of those outstanding individuals whose efforts improve the quality of life for everyone.

For further information about grants from the fund, or to make a donation to the High Sheriff’s Fund, please contact:

Rachael Grime or Sarah Stainthorpe,

Derbyshire Community Foundation

Foundation House,

Unicorn Business Park

Wellington Street,



Telephone 01773 514850

Or visit

To nominate a group or individual for a High Sheriff's Award, please email your nomination via the "Contact Us" page, giving your contact details and a brief explanation of why you consider an award to the person or group is merited. We will then contact you for further details.