Grants for ru­ral projects

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

A fund for coun­try­side ideas is of­fer­ing grants from a pot of £725,000 to in­no­va­tive ru­ral projects across the coun­try.

The Prince’s Coun­try­side Fund aims to im­prove liveli­hoods and com­mu­ni­ties for fu­ture farm­ers.

Fund di­rec­tor Claire Saun­ders said: “The pres­sure on those who care for ru­ral Bri­tain is con­tin­u­ing to mount. On av­er­age a farmer is forced out of busi­ness ev­ery day be­cause of se­vere down­turns in the price for milk, and while many in dairy are paid less than the price of pro­duc­tion, many oth­ers strug­gle with rapidly de­creas­ing prices for Bri­tish lamb.

“This, cou­pled with a younger gen­er­a­tion dis­il­lu­sioned with a fu­ture in Bri­tish agri­cul­ture, and the dis­ap­pear­ance of shops, pubs and ru­ral ser­vices means the coun­try­side is fac­ing a cri­sis this au­tumn – and farms and com­mu­ni­ties must push back and be­come re­silient.”

The fund­ing sup­ports projects that en­cour­age young peo­ple into ru­ral ca­reers or help ex­ist­ing farm­ers to be­come sus­tain­able.

To ap­ply see www.princescoun­tryside­fund.org.uk

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