Funding is available for projects operating in rural areas of the UK that will have a long-term positive impact to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.
Objectives of Fund
The Prince's Countryside Fund has been established to support the sustainability and protection of farms and rural communities throughout the UK. The funding it provides aims to have a long-term positive impact on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside by tackling key rural issues.
Grants must result in things that directly relate to the Fund's objectives to:
Sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy.
Improve the prospects of viability for farmand rural businesses.
Support aid delivery in emergency and build resilience.
Organisations can apply for a maximum of £50,000, or £25,000 if a shop, pub, or village hall project (inclusive of VAT) for a maximum period of three years.
Match Funding Restrictions
Applications for match funding in order to support a bid for other grants that meet the Fund's objectives will be considered.
Who Can Apply
Applications will be considered from the following which is not an exhaustive list:
Community Benefit Society
Community Interest Companies
Companies limited by guarantee
Not for profit organisations
Applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate significant public benefit arising from their project. They should be able to show the support of the community which will benefit from the project and show evidence of consulting the community. Applicants that can demonstrate a track record of successful project management will also be favoured.
Applications from support organisations that do not provide direct service delivery to clients will be accepted; however applications will have to be for specific projects with tangible and deliverable outcomes.
Projects must take place in a rural area and focus on at least one of the following three areas:
Sustaining Rural Communities
Projects that deliver assets and services that keep isolated communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy.
Developing sustainable rural community assets, businesses and services.
Providing advice and new skills and business training that benefit the local economy.
Improving the prospects of viability for farm and rural businesses
Projects that will focus on developing stronger, more sustainable farm businesses and other rural enterprises with the aim of halting the decline of the rural economy.
Encouraging local food production and short supply chains and knowledge transfer e.g. farmer networks.
Providing new skills and training for rural, and agricultural benefit.
Supporting Aid Delivery in Emergency and Building Resilience
Applications for core costs such as staffing, overheads, training and equipment will be considered.
How To Apply
Prince’s Countryside Fund has announced that it is ‘currently conducting a review of the grants awarded by the Fund to date and are looking to use this to shape its grantmaking strategy for the future.’
There are normally two funding rounds per year: one in the Spring and another in the Autumn.
A copy of the guidelines can be downloaded from The Prince's Countryside Fund website.
An online application form can be accessed upon registration to the Fund.
Applicants are also required to supply a clear business plan which outlines their intended activities and projected financial situation over the duration of the project.
The funding will be made in six monthly instalments from the start of the project following receipt of a written report detailing the satisfactory completion of the outcomes to date except in the case of small grants which may be made in a single payment.
Useful documents & links
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Grant and Outreach Officer
Prince's Countryside Fund
137 Shepherdess Walk
Tel: 0207 566 6615
Email: [email protected]