The Rural Start-Up Fund

The Rural Start-Up Fund

Forest Holidays, partners of the Fund, are passionate about sustainable rural tourism. Ensuring resilient communities and a prosperous local economy means supporting the people living and working at the very heart of the rural sector.

This is why Forest Holidays and The Prince’s Countryside Fund have teamed up to create The Rural Start-Up Fund, an exciting opportunity for rural businesses to receive financial support as they embark on a new business venture.

One of the biggest barriers to setting up a new business is the initial financial demand, and this, coupled with the challenges of working rurally, is why we are striving to support new entrepreneurs across the UK.

A total of £5,000 is available in the Rural Start-Up Fund in 2020, to be awarded to one winning business or shared between a number of rural start-ups. In addition, as part of the Rural Start-Up Fund, the successful applicant(s) will receive mentoring support from a relevant expert in the Forest Holidays team to further guide and support them.

Applications are now open. If you are a rural entrepreneur who is embarking on a new business venture, apply with the application form below! Please see the application pack and eligibility criteria for more information.

Read Abbie’s story, founder and owner of rural business ‘Exmoor Blondes’, a production service for pedigree cattle.

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Clicking the above button will download a word document, to be returned to info@countrysidefund.org.uk

Applications close at 12pm (midday) on Friday 6th March 2020.

Application Pack                                           Eligibility Criteria

 

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