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We are alerting those living rurally to Prince’s Countryside Fund Grant Scheme

5th February 2019

We are alerting those living rurally across England and Wales to a Prince’s Countryside Fund grant scheme which has grants of up to £50,000 available.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has grants available for projects that will provide a long-term positive impact to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit. Funding is available for projects affecting areas of greatest need in rural England and Wales.

Richard Corbett, Partner with Roger Parry & Partners said, “These grants aim to sustain rural communities, improve the prospects of viability for farm and rural businesses and support aid delivery in an emergency as well as building resilience. Time is running out however to apply as the deadline for applications is 21 February 2019.”

To be eligible for a grant you will need to demonstrate that your project is focusing on at least one of these 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:

  • 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.

Applications will be accepted from charities; community interest companies; companies limited by guarantee; not for profit organisations; social enterprises and unincorporated associations. The Prince’s Countryside Fund will not accept applications from individuals, private businesses and other organisations such as local authorities or political groups.

Richard added, “The conditions for eligibility are quite stringent for this grant scheme. As always, we are here to help with understanding the application process and ensuring your application stands out in the crowd. If you need our assistance please call one of our grant application specialists: Oswestry – Richard Corbett: 01691 655334. Minsterley – Charis Denham: 01743 791336. Welshpool & Llanidloes – Clare Williams: 01686 449222.”