The Prince’s Countryside Fund has opened for applications from projects in the UK that can have a long-term positive effect on rural communities.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund was established to support the sustainability and protection of farms and rural communities throughout the UK. The aim of the funding is to have a long-term positive impact on rural communities, helping those that live and work there to sustain the countryside by tackling key rural issues.
Not-for-profit organisations, charities, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, companies limited by guarantee, and unincorporated associations based and working within the UK can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £50,000 (inclusive of VAT) to a maximum period of three years.
The funding is for projects which meet the objectives for Autumn 2017, which are:
Improving the prospects of viability for family farm businesses. Projects should focus on developing stronger, more sustainable farm businesses and other rural enterprises with the aim of halting the decline of the rural economy.*
Sustaining Rural Communities and driving Economic Vibrancy. Projects should provide innovative solutions to deliver assets and services that keep rural communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy.
Supporting Aid Delivery in Emergency and Building Resilience. Projects should support farm businesses, rural businesses and communities to plan for and recover from natural disasters such as flooding or animal disease. Groups that are considering applying under this theme should contact the Fund’s Grant Manager to discuss their proposed activity in more detail.
In addition, for the September 2017 round, there are specific funds available to help the rural communities affected by the recent flooding following a series of storms over the winter 2015. The Fund is actively seeking applications from organisations that are supporting farmers, rural businesses and communities to recover following the flooding or projects that are focused on assisting the recovery and future resilience in these rural areas, particularly Cumbria, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Herefordshire, Northumberland and Scotland.
*The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme is being run annually in 15 locations around the UK. It is open to small dairy, livestock and mixed family farm businesses and includes a series of free workshops and one-to one guidance. The Autumn 2017 programme is being offered in the following locations: Brampton-Cumbria; Cirencester-Gloucestershire; Dartmoor-Devon; Dolgellau-Gwynedd; Dumfries-Dumfries and Galloway; Isle of Arran, Llandovery-Carmarthenshire; Middleton-in-Teesdale-Durham Dales; Northern Ireland; Penzance-Cornwall; Plumpton-East Sussex; Sidmouth-Devon; Tarporle-Cheshire; Whitby-North York Moors.
The deadline for applications is 5 October 2017 (5pm). Click here to see more information.