Commissioner congratulates community groups awarded High Sheriff Funding

18th March 2021

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has congratulated groups from across Gwent who have been awarded money from the Gwent High Sheriff’s Community Fund.  


The fund, which helps to build safer communities in Gwent by giving money to projects that mentor and inspire young people to fulfil their potential, was boosted this year by a £65,000 donation from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent.


Due to the pandemic, High Sheriff of Gwent Tim Russen hosted a virtual event, with 15 groups submitting short videos which were then voted for by the other groups in the running for the funding.


A range of groups, including Duffryn Community Link, Griffithstown Communal Garden, Made in Tredegar and the Aloud charity, were awarded up to £5,000 each. Even unsuccessful groups did not go away empty-handed and were awarded £1,000.


The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “I am delighted that so many local groups have received funding, a large portion of which is from my office. I am pleased that the groups took the time to create short videos, all of which emphasise why the Community Fund is so important in helping people of all ages and backgrounds across Gwent. The voice of communities continues to be loud and clear in this process. Action for Children fostering service secured the three-year grant that was available, and the money is being used to support therapeutic art sessions. The youngsters that access the service have experienced adverse childhood experiences, which can have a huge impact on individuals, their families and their communities.”


A full list of successful projects can be found on the Community Foundation website: