Prince’s Countryside Fund releases emergency funds

The Prince’s Countryside Fund, established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. With thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they:

• are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals or;
• are providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or;
• are helping rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic.

£100,000 in total is available in this first round of funding. The Fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural businesses and rural communities. This may include, but is not limited to, volunteer and fuel costs for grocery and prescription delivery from rural community shops, pubs, and hubs; costs associated with emergency support by farm and agricultural support groups; or rural foodbanks and food delivery services.

Claire Saunders, Director, The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “Charitable organisations assisting their rural communities face particular challenges in these difficult times. I am pleased that through the generosity of Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Prince’s Countryside Fund is able to offer some support for those most affected.”

Applications close on Wednesday 15th April. Find out more by following this link

The Prince’s Countryside Fund helps support and secure the future of the countryside by providing more than £1m each year in grant and programme funding to projects across the UK thanks to support from partners, events and donations. The Fund celebrates the value of the countryside and leads projects to strengthen farm businesses, such as The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme.