Lucky for some! 13 new rural grant recipients announced by The Prince’s Countryside Fund

£89,301 has been awarded to 13 projects across the UK.

A year on from the first lockdown, the impact of Covid-19 has continued to affect our already isolated rural communities. Yet the ingenuity and resilience of these communities has astounded The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF).

The PCF is a nationwide charity which powers community-led solutions through our grant programmes. Thanks to the Barclays 100x100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Programme, the PCF has been able to support a further 13 projects in rural areas that are delivering vital community services and enhancing the lives of people who live there.

Keith Halstead, Executive Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: From Kent to Scotland, from Meals-on-Wheels to a rural radio station, the unique ways in which our rural communities have been coming together to support each other through the pandemic is incredible.

“Thanks to funding from Barclays, another 13 communities have been supported through our grant programmes and we hope our investment will help these communities bounce back and thrive.”

Nigel Higgins, Barclays Group Chairman, said: “Covid-19 has created an unprecedented social and economic impact in the UK, with many sadly experiencing greater hardship due to the crisis. Incredible charities, such as The Prince’s Countryside Fund have been playing a vital role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, ensuring urgent help reaches those most in need of support. As a bank we have been doing all we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that our 100x100 programme and wider community aid package helps ensure that everybody in the communities in which we live and work is supported through this crisis.”


The recipients include:

Wheatley Hill Community Association (WHCA), Country Durham
Heart of Gissing CIO, Norfolk
Tonic Health, Lincolnshire
Medbourne Village Hall, Leicestershire
Rural Coffee Caravan, Suffolk
Sundridge and Ide Hill Community Support Group, Kent
Sutton on Sea Residents Association, Lincolnshire
Dry Doddington Village Hall Charitable Trust, Lincolnshire
Kirkmichael Village Renaissance, Scotland
Pilling Memorial Hall, Lancashire
CETMA, Wales
The Garve & District Development Company, Scotland
Wester Ross Radio Ltd t/a Two Lochs Radio, Scotland