The High Sheriff Awards Scheme complements the work of the High Sheriff, an unpaid, voluntary role appointed by Her Majesty The Queen, which today concentrates on upholding and supporting the judiciary, police and law enforcement agencies, emergency services, local authorities and all recognised church and faith groups as well as supporting and encouraging the voluntary sector. The role itself is over 1000 years old from the days when the High Sheriff was responsible for all law and order in the County, it is the oldest secular appointment in the country.
The fund is typically open for applications from September to October for discussion at an annual panel meeting in December. The Awards ceremony usually takes place in February or March where awards ranging from £500 to £2,000 are distributed to youth organisations that encourage beneficial pursuits for young people in Tyne & Wear.
The Fund welcomes gifts of any amount.