A NEW grant scheme has been launched to help more youngsters make a positive contribution to community life in Shropshire.

Grants of up to £1,250 will be available through the new High Sheriff Fund being run by the Shropshire Community Foundation.

High Sheriff Mandy Thorn said she had been inspired by the work young people are doing to help their communities across the country and was delighted to be launching the fund.

“This fund will not only support groups which are already doing good work but could help get new schemes and ideas off the ground," she said.

“I am particularly keen to support projects that could go forward to the National Crimebeat Awards and therefore we would strongly welcome applications towards schemes that provide opportunities for young people at risk of involvement in crime or exploitation.”

The fund is available to organisations or community groups based within Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. Applications are welcome with immediate effect and the phase one closing date is December 15.

For more details of the High Sheriff’s Fund and how to apply visit: www.shropshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk/open-grants/high-sheriff-of-shropshire-fund/