2014-03-11  

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund Opens for Applications

This winter’s exceptionally wet weather has brought misery to thousands of flooded families, farms and businesses across Britain.

Many farmers and rural communities are facing a second consecutive year of flooding and the rural economy needs support. The countryside also faces wider problems, including rural isolation, lack of job opportunities for young people, and the demise of local shops and pubs.

Flooded Farm

Organisations and charities that are helping our rural communities can apply for much needed funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which opens for grant applications from 3rd March - 24th April.

The charity is looking to invest up to £750,000 in worthwhile rural initiatives. The Prince’s Countryside Fund has given more than £3.8 million in grants to hard-pressed rural communities, directly benefiting more than 64,000 people since 2010.

Dawn Howard, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund explains, “The countryside has faced some real hardships in recent years and the grants are available to redress the balance and get rural businesses, farmers and communities back on their feet and flourishing.

“This year, we have additional funds to help regions affected by the recent and severe flooding. We are actively seeking applications from organisations that are supporting victims of flooding or working on projects focused on recovery and resilience in rural areas, particularly Somerset. One of the most devastating consequences of flooding is the length of time it takes to recover and we’re looking to help farms and businesses cope with the long term consequences.”

Rural communities are the backbone of the countryside, and farming is of vital importance to a thriving UK economy. The Fund is here to support and assist these communities in times of hardship and help those who live and work in the countryside face a brighter future.”

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is looking to fund projects that will have a lasting positive impact on rural communities.

Applications that address the following issues will be considered:

  • Improving service provision in rural areas

  • Supporting rural enterprise

  • Supporting farming businesses

  • Providing training opportunities for young people

Applications related to recovery and resilience as a result of flooding will need to address the issues listed above.

Dawn Howard, Director of The Prince’s Fund comments “We’re looking for innovative ideas of how to assist the recovery and nurture the resilience of rural communities.”

The Prince’s Countryside Fund will open for applications on Monday 3rd March until Thursday 24th April at 17.00pm. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.

Princes Countryside Fund

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