West Norfolk farms and rural businesses can apply for Prince's Countryside Fund grants from today
West Norfolk farms and rural businesses can now apply for a share of £300,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund to aid rural projects.
The charity, set up by Prince Charles in 2010, gives out grants twice a year, and projects in rural areas across the UK can from today apply for sums of up to £50,000 in the spring round of funding.
It aims to improve the prospects of viability for rural communities and farm businesses. Every year over £1 million is given in funding and can support projects for up to three years.
It can help businesses and services which keep isolated communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy or provide advice, skills and business training.
It may also assist rural enterprises that encourage local food production and sharing knowledge, such as farmer networks.
In addition, it could support agricultural and rural businesses plus communities which are planning for and recovering from natural disasters, such as flooding or animal disease.
Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “The 550 projects put forward to our Recharging Rural research last summer demonstrated the extraordinary breadth of ideas that communities use to build their resilience, many of which our grant can support.
“Our grants help to support a diverse range of projects often delivered by local organisations, such as training vouchers for young farmers, equipment for local abattoirs, overheads and staffing costs for farmer-led networks, village shops and pubs, and development schemes for rural businesses.”
Grant applications can be made up until Thursday, February 21. To find out more and apply, visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grants