The Prince’s Countryside Fund opened this week to applications from organisations and charities that are helping rural communities across the UK.
After a winter of exceptionally wet weather which has had a devastating impact on the country’s rural communities, the Prince’s Countryside Fund is particularly interested in helping regions affected by the recent flooding.
For the March-April 2014 round, additional funds will be available to help these areas. The Fund is 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.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund Director Dawn Howard said:
“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.”
The total amount of funding available in this round of funding is up to £750,000. The maximum level of funding for individual projects is £50,000. There is no minimum. The Fund can pay for a portion or the entirety of the costs of a project.
Projects for this spring round should address at least one of the following four issues:
§ Rural isolation.
§ Decline of rural communities.
§ Low farming incomes.
§ Lack of access to training.
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 said:
“We’re looking for innovative ideas of how to assist the recovery and nurture the resilience of rural communities.”
The deadline for applications is 10 April 2014.
Full details and an online application form can be found on the Prince's Countryside Fund website
Source: j4b funding