Fund of­fers grants for ru­ral projects

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The Prince’s Coun­try­side Fund is open for grant ap­pli­ca­tions from Jan­uary 9th un­til Fe­bru­ary 21st 2019.

The Fund gives out grants twice a year, and projects in ru­ral ar­eas across the UK can ap­ply for fund­ing of up to £50,000 in the spring round of fund­ing.

Set up in 2010 by HRH The Prince of Wales, the char­ity aims to im­prove the prospects of vi­a­bil­ity for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and farm busi­nesses. Ev­ery year the Fund gives out more than £1 mil­lion in fund­ing, and can sup­port projects for up to three years.

The Fund aims to sup­port projects that achieve the fol­low­ing:

Sus­tain­ing Ru­ral Com­mu­ni­ties

Projects that de­liver sus­tain­able ru­ral as­sets, busi­nesses, and ser­vices that keep iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and de­velop a more sus­tain­able ru­ral econ­omy, or pro­vide ad­vice and new skills and busi­ness train­ing that ben­e­fit the lo­cal econ­omy

Im­prov­ing the prospects of vi­a­bil­ity for farm and ru­ral busi­nesses:

Projects that fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing stronger, more sus­tain­able farm busi­nesses and other ru­ral en­ter­prises with the aim of halt­ing the de­cline of the ru­ral econ­omy, or that en­cour­age lo­cal food pro­duc­tion and short sup­ply chains, that fa­cil­i­tate knowl­edge trans­fer such as farmer net­works, or that pro­vide new skills and train­ing for ru­ral and agri­cul­tural ben­e­fit.

Sup­port­ing Aid De­liv­ery in Emer­gency and Build­ing Re­silience:

Projects that sup­port farm busi­nesses, ru­ral busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties to plan for and re­cover from nat­u­ral dis­as­ters such as flood­ing or an­i­mal dis­ease and build re­silience.

Claire Saun­ders, direc­tor of The Prince’s Coun­try­side Fund said: “The 550 projects put for­ward to our Recharg­ing Ru­ral re­search last sum­mer demon­strated the ex­tra­or­di­nary breadth of ideas that com­mu­ni­ties use to build their re­silience, many of which are grant can sup­port.

“Our grants help to sup­port a di­verse range of projects of­ten de­liv­ered by lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, such as train­ing vouch­ers for young farm­ers, equip­ment for lo­cal abat­toirs, over­heads and staffing costs for farmer led net­works, vil­lage shops and pubs, and de­vel­op­ment schemes for ru­ral busi­nesses. We give out more than £1 mil­lion in fund­ing each year and are very keen to hear from projects of all types in our ru­ral ar­eas.”

The Fund is par­tic­u­larly keen to hear from projects in the north east of Eng­land, and from all parts of ru­ral Scot­land, Wales, and North­ern Ire­land, but all projects that meet­the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria will be con­sid­ered.

To find out more and ap­ply, visit www. princescou­n­tryside­ uk/grants

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