Supporting Rural Communities

Supporting Rural Communities is our flagship grant programme, awarding £500,000 each year to support projects that enhance the viability and sustainability of rural communities.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund remains one of very few funders focused on rural communities across the UK, and our experience shows that, by working with local organisations, we can help to address the challenges faced by those who live and work in rural areas. 

The PCF is inviting applications for grants of up to £25,000 over two years, for projects that will create a long-term difference in rural communities across the UK. Applicants must be from properly constituted, not for profit organisations with an income of less than £500,000. We particularly welcome applications from groups and organisations with projects in hamlets, villages and small market towns. 

Find out more about some of our recent grants:

Field Nurse

Field Nurse support mental and physical health provision in rural areas by running drop-in sessions at auction marts and agricultural shows and events. The nurses provide a first point of contact for those seeking medical support, this is especially important for those working in isolated areas. By providing frontline health care in a familiar and accessible environment, they are able to signpost people to health services they might not otherwise access

Heather Harrison from Field Nurse said: “The grant will provide a huge boost to the field nurses and provides us with security for the future, enabling us to expand and provide more sessions. We feel that our support of the rural community will be needed as we enter a very uncertain time in the farming community and many farmers will be put under pressure which will impact on their mental and physical health 

Raasay Development Trust

We are supporting the Raasay Development Trust with equipment for their Wood Fuel Initiative. This project aims to reduce fuel poverty on the island, increase fuel security, and reduce the amount of fossil fuels imported by processing and delivering logs and kindling to the c170 residents of Raasay at a reduced cost. The wood is sourced locally from Forestry and Land Scotland’s felling operations on the island and is processed by volunteers from the community. 

The Project Development Officer said: “The project aims to reduce our Island’s fuel poverty, increase our fuel security, and reduce the amount of fossil fuels imported onto our island through processing and delivering logs and kindling to the c170 residents of Raasay at a reduced cost.”

Grizedale Arts

After closure and two years of neglect, Grizedale Arts is now working with local people to return this Farmer’s Arms to its place at the heart of the community, where it can inspire and nurture both locals and visitors. 

Funding provided by the PCF will contribute to improved wellbeing and resilience of the Crake Valley community by engaging people in creativity led projects that provide skills training, employment opportunities and income generation.  The Farmer’s Arms will remain a pub with accommodation, but it will also have workshop and meeting space, pop-up shops, a museum, community arts centre, and courses and training for local people, including working with textiles, furniture, pottery, and food and drink. 

Grizedale Arts Director Adam Sutherland said: “There is a huge opportunity to develop a hybrid pub for the 21st Century. The traditional (pub) model is struggling, especially in rural areas, but that’s not to say it should be abandoned, rather it just needs a bit of reinvention, in many ways a return to more erstwhile ways of working in a sustainable economic model which will invest in itself, with a connected body of resources.”

North Petherwin Mini Badgers

Funding from the PCF is going toward the construction of a new club house. With no pubs, shops, or hubs, other than the village hall, for the village to meet and socialise, this new building will not only be an asset for the team but will be a valuable community resource.  

The new building will allow the local community to be more involved with the club and support games. The supporters and players will now have a sheltered space to observe matches, use facilities and have a warm drink. Outside of match days and training, the building can also be utlised by other community groups from North Petherwin. 

The Fundraiser/Vice Chair Adult Team and Fundraiser/Committee Member Youth Team said: Without this funding we would not be able to progress our plans to provide a warm, safe space for parents of our youth teams or supporters of all teams.”

Spring 2022 grants timetable

All applicants to the Spring grants round will now have received an email informing them of the outcome. If you haven’t received anything, please check your junk / spam folder, as unfortunately our emails sometimes end up here.

Autumn 2022 grants timetable

1st September Applications open
Midday, 11th October Applications close
Beginning of December Applicants informed of decision
January 2023 First payment

How to apply

When a grant round opens, you can apply via the online portal. A link to this will be available here once the round is live.

Due to the increasing demand on our programme, we are currently updating our criteria. We will be providing updated guidance and FAQ’s soon.

View a PDF of the application form

Speak to the team

We appreciate the time it takes to complete funding applications, so we are happy to talk through your project beforehand. However, we ask that you read the Guidance and FAQ’s first and have a project ready to discuss, rather than contacting us to help you come up with a suitable idea. We strongly recommend arranging a call if you are unsure whether your project fits with the PCF programme outcomes or criteria.

Once you have read the Guidance and FAQs, if you would like to discuss your project, please complete the form below and a member of staff will be in touch. Please note, we are a small staff team, so this may not be immediate. 

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