The Prince’s Countryside Fund is seeking inspirational rural projects for grant programme

At a time of great uncertainty for farming and rural communities, The Prince’s Countryside Fund has opened for grant applications. With grants of up to £50,000 available per project totalling over £600,000, rural organisations and communities are being encouraged by the Fund to consider applying for funding to support their countryside projects.

Set up by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010 the charity has now awarded grants to over 200 projects across the UK totally over £8 million. The grant programme tackles a wide range of rural issues including support and business advice for traditional farming families, career support and training opportunities for young people and support for communities to run vital community services. This March, applications are being particularly welcomed from community shops, pubs and innovative projects intended to alleviate rural isolation.

Clare Crookenden, grant manager, said, “The Prince’s Countryside Fund is seeking applications from creative and inspirational projects right across the UK. We are keen to encourage more applicants from rural communities. I would encourage anyone thinking of applying to visit our website to find out more about our grant programme and read our eligibility guidance.”

The Fund has assisted a hugely diverse range of projects which range from providing funding to support young people to consider rural careers in Yorkshire, helping community groups to take ownership of, and run, local services in Suffolk, and supporting hill farmers on Exmoor to develop more resilient businesses.

Projects supported by the Fund fall into several key areas:

  • Providing training opportunities and apprenticeship schemes for those seeking a career in agriculture.
  • Providing support and advice to community shops to keep rural communities thriving.
  • Helping rural enterprises and farm businesses to become more economically viable.
  • Supporting farmers experiencing financial hardship and severe stress.

All applicants need to complete an online form which can be accessed via our website. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 13th April 2017.

To find out more about the grant programme and read our eligibility and guidance document.