The Prince's Countryside Fund was established to help rural areas in the United Kingdom to become more sustainable. The focus areas for the Fund are:
- projects to improve the sustainability of British farming in areas of deprivation;
- projects to improve the sustainability of rural communities; and
- projects to reconnect people with the countryside.
The total amount of funding available in each round is approximately £250,000. The maximum level of funding for individual projects will be £50,000. The Fund can pay for a portion or the entirety of the costs of a project and applications for capital, project and resource funding will be considered.
Applications will be accepted from organisations that can demonstrate the support of the community which will benefit from the project and show evidence of consulting the community.
Those wishing to apply this year are advised to commence planning their proposals in advance of the next funding round. The programme will reopen to applications on 12 March for one month only.
The deadline for receipt of applications will be Friday 13 April 2012.