Rural community organisations can now applying for the grant funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF).

 

The PCF’s grant programme aims to empower rural communities to become more self-sufficient and viable, by funding community-led solutions.

 

The following funding is currently have available:

 

  • Supporting Rural Communities: Apply for a grant of up to £25,000 over two years, for innovative projects that will create a long-term difference in remote rural areas of the UK.

 

  • Project Village Survival: Apply for a grant of up to £10,000 over one year, for projects that are addressing rural community resilience and ensuring their village’s future viability and “thrivability”.

 

Over the past 11 years, PCF supported over 400 projects across the UK with over £10 million of funding and with some of their recent beneficiaries including community shops, village halls, food banks, and helpline services which provide vital services to their local communities.

 

The PCF is particularly interested in receiving applications from projects in East Anglia, the north east of England, Wales and Northern Ireland in this grant round.

 

The PCF’s Village Survival Guide gives inspiration as to how communities can come together to build a real future for rural Britain, covering how to set up a number of projects, from transport schemes to better broadband.

 

If you have an idea for a project in your community, you can sign up to the PCF’s grants surgeries, to discuss this with the charity’s grant making team. Held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2pm during the application period, you can book your slot at www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grants.

 

Applications for grants close on 17 September 2021 at midday. To find out more about the PCF’s grant programmes, including eligibility criteria and a copy of the application form, visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grants.

 

You can buy a copy of the Village Survival Guide at www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/VSG