Main Beneficiaries

Small community and voluntary groups in Staffordshire, where their income is less than £30,000 per annum.

The High Sheriff Fund awards small grants of up to £2000 to small community groups across Staffordshire, where they have a specific need.

Panel meetings are held to determine whether applicants should receive funding and if so how much.  Time sensitive applications may be considered outside of the usual panel dates or in the case of an emergency, but this is at the discretion of the donor advisors of the fund. You are advised to call us first to see whether your application would meet this need.



  • Groups should be based in and working within Staffordshire
  • Your annual income should be less than £30,000
  • You should have reserves of less than 1 years income
  • Your financial records should be up to date
  • Groups should have a constitution
  • If awarded a grant it should make a visible difference to the project
  • Groups should be working to relieve poverty or disadvantage
  • Be working to provide a service that would otherwise be realistically unobtainable
  • Applicants working with children or the disabled should have vetted all staff and volunteers



  • Our grant should make a substantial difference to the project
  • Our grant should make a significant contribution to the project, being at least 33% of the total cost.
  • Our grant should deliver value for money
  • Our grant should secure maximum community use or benefit
  • We would prefer to fund equipment or training costs associated with one off or annual events, as opposed to running costs for them.


What will not be funded:

  • Statutory organisations, including Schools, Police, Health authorities and Local Authorities, (but Parish and Town Councils will be considered)
  • Any organisation which will benefit a statutory organisation
  • Any national organisation based in Staffordshire
  • Projects that upgrade premises to meet legislative requirements
  • Projects that should be funded by a statutory authority
  • Solely commercial ventures
  • Party political activity
  • Activity promoting religion or with a strong religious undertone, but religious groups running community projects will be considered
  • Staff costs or costs associated with staff
  • The reimbursement of costs, (for goods or services bought or ordered before the official start date of the grant)
  • Food or meals


General Guidance

  • If successful you may be asked to attend a presentation for publicity purposes
  • All successful applicants will be expected to provide feedback on how their grant was used
  • Grants available between £100 and £2000
  • Applications will be assessed twice per year, usually in March and September


What must be provided with your application

  • A copy of your constitution
  • A copy of your most recent annual accounts
  • Quotes for all capital items


All applications are subject to The Community Foundation for Staffordshire’s general grant guidance, which is available here.

To apply online please click the ‘Apply’ button below