Rural Four funding boost for seven rural communities

The Prince's Countryside Fund has announced £146,000 of grant funding to seven grassroots projects across the UK.

As part of the Fund's Rural Four project, supported by Players of People's Postcode Lottery, communities with projects to tackle rural isolation were invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000.

Announcing the grant recipients, Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince's Countryside Fund said: "The support we receive from People's Postcode Lottery is pivotal in allowing the Fund to help community-led projects tackling serious issues such as isolation. 

"Our recent Recharging Rural research emphasised how life-changing places such as village shops and pubs can be, and the serious need for better transport links in remote rural areas. We are delighted to be able to support these seven new projects, based all around the UK."

Applications for Rural Four funding are open all year round, and are reviewed quarterly.

The Fund's main grant scheme will be open from the 7th of January until the 11th of February 2019, for grants of up to £50,000. Click here for more information.

The successful communities in our most recent round of funding were:

Bell View, Northumberland
Bledington and Foscot Community Shop, Gloucestershire
Creaton Community Benefit Society, Northamptonshire
Cilcain Community Shop, Wales
Dunshalt Community Shop, Scotland
Moorsbus, North Yorkshire and
The Wester Loch Ewe Trust, Scotland

To read the full details of projects awarded grants in this round of funding, please click here.