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Funding news - 13/03/2017

The Prince's Countryside Fund Launches Spring 2017 Round

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is currently accepting applications to its Spring Round from organisations and charities that are helping rural communities across the UK.

The Prince's Countryside Fund has been established to support the sustainability and protection of farms and rural communities throughout the UK. The aim of the funding is 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. Each year, the Fund provides more than £1 million in grants across two funding rounds (one in the spring and the other in the autumn).

For the Spring 2017 round, there are specific funds available to help the rural communities affected by the recent flooding following a series of storms over the winter. The Fund is actively seeking applications from organisations that are supporting farmers, rural businesses and communities to recover following the flooding or projects that are focused on assisting the recovery and future resilience in these rural areas, particularly Cumbria, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Herefordshire, Northumberland and Scotland.

Not-for-profit organisations, charities, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, companies limited by guarantee, and unincorporated associations based and working within the UK can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £50,000 (inclusive of VAT) to a maximum period of three years

The funding is for projects that meet the Fund’s objectives, which are:

  • Improving the prospects of viability for family farm businesses. Projects should focus on developing stronger, more sustainable farm businesses and other rural enterprises with the aim of halting the decline of the rural economy.
  • Sustaining Rural Communities and driving Economic Vibrancy. Projects should provide innovative solutions to deliver assets and services that keep rural communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy.
  • Supporting Aid Delivery in Emergency and Building Resilience. Projects should support farm businesses, rural businesses and communities to plan for and recover from natural disasters such as flooding or animal disease. Groups that are considering applying under this theme should contact the Fund's Grant Manager to discuss their proposed activity in more detail.

The deadline for applications is 13 April 2017 (5pm).

Full details, including the current guidelines and an online application form, can be found on The Prince's Countryside Fund website

Source: The Prince's Countryside Fund, 13/03/2017

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