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The Prince's Countryside Fund announces new funding for rural initiatives

The Prince's Countryside Fund has announced 725,000 of new funding for vital rural initiatives.

The grant funding is for inspiring initiatives that aim to ease the pressure on rural communities.

Projects will be considered on their contribution to one of three key countryside issues:

Thriving Rural Communities - projects that deliver assets and services that keep rural communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy.

Rural Livelihoods - projects that focus on developing stronger, more sustainable farm and rural enterprises to halt the decline of the rural economy.

Farmers of the Future - projects that help improve skills and increase opportunities of taking up rural careers, particularly in farming.

The grant funding is for inspiring initiatives that aim to ease the pressure on rural communities.

Organisations and charities that are helping to protect and sustain Britain’s farming and rural communities can apply for funding of up to £50,000 from an initiative of Business in the Community, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which opens online for grant applications on Monday 7 September.

Five years of vital PCF funding

Pressure on our rural communities continues to grow: the downturn in the price of milk, lamb and cereals has greatly affected farm businesses; our village shops and pubs continue to disappear; and more support is needed to help younger people into farming and other rural careers.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this July, strives to secure a sustainable future for the British countryside.

Since its inception in 2010, the charity has given £6 million in grants, distributed to 135 projects across the country, directly benefitting 160,000 people in rural communities.

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund:

“We are looking for projects which will have a long-term positive impact to help sustain our rural areas and encourage enterprise that will help the people who care for our countryside and make it tick.

“It is crucial that we protect this priceless national asset and provide funding that supports the remarkable people working to create and sustain a vibrant rural economy.”

The Prince’s Countryside Fund opens for grant applications on Monday 7th September until 5pm on Thursday 8th October 2015. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.

To apply for funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund please complete the online application form here. 

- See more at: http://www.bitc.org.uk/news-events/news/princes-countryside-fund-announces-new-funding-rural-initiatives#sthash.bb7hPlSe.dpuf

Organisations and charities that are helping to protect and sustain Britain’s farming and rural communities can apply for funding of up to £50,000 from an initiative of Business in the Community, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which opens online for grant applications on Monday 7 September - See more at: http://www.bitc.org.uk/news-events/news/princes-countryside-fund-announces-new-funding-rural-initiatives#sthash.bb7hPlSe.dpuf
Organisations and charities that are helping to protect and sustain Britain’s farming and rural communities can apply for funding of up to £50,000 from an initiative of Business in the Community, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which opens online for grant applications on Monday 7 September - See more at: http://www.bitc.org.uk/news-events/news/princes-countryside-fund-announces-new-funding-rural-initiatives#sthash.bb7hPlSe.dpuf

Organisations and charities that are helping to protect and sustain Britain’s farming and rural communities can apply for funding of up to £50,000 from an initiative of Business in the Community, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which opens online for grant applications on Monday 7 September.

- See more at: http://www.bitc.org.uk/news-events/news/princes-countryside-fund-announces-new-funding-rural-initiatives#sthash.bb7hPlSe.dpuf




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