West Lothian Courier - - Courier View -

The on­go­ing ef­fects of weather, bu­reau­cracy and con­cern for the fu­ture con­tinue to put our coun­try­side un­der pres­sure, with few av­enues to turn to for sup­port.

This can have dra­matic con­se­quences for the ru­ral econ­omy and the peo­ple who live and work there.

The Prince’s Coun­try­side Fund is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing com­mu­nity led projects, that will rein­vig­o­rate and sus­tain farm­ing net­works and the coun­try­side by pro­vid­ing ser­vices and ameni­ties through its grant pro­gramme.

Open for ap­pli­ca­tions until June 14th 2018, grants are avail­able for up to £50,000. If you are in­volved in a com­mu­nity run or farm­ing sup­port project, and think that your or­gan­i­sa­tion may ben­e­fit – or if you know some­one else who might – please get in touch straight away by vis­it­ing www.princescoun­tryside­ uk/grants. The fund has sup­ported a di­verse range of projects de­liv­ered lo­cally such as a com­mu­nity trans­port app in Ar­gyll and projects on Barra, Orkney, and Shet­land. We are proud to have dis­trib­uted over £9 mil­lion since 2010 to more than 250 projects led by these grass­roots or­gan­i­sa­tions.

We be­lieve it is cru­cial that we help ru­ral ar­eas dur­ing these times of change to re­tain a thriv­ing coun­try­side and en­cour­age a sus­tain­able farm­ing sec­tor in the UK, and we would re­ally en­cour­age peo­ple to ap­ply for our fund­ing. Claire Saun­ders, The Prince’s Coun­try­side Fund.

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