Funding available for rural initiatives

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Organisations and charities that are helping to protect and sustain Britain’s farming and rural communities can apply for much-needed funding of up to £50,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. It strives to secure a sustainable future for the British countryside.

The fund is looking to invest up to £800,000 in worthwhile rural initiatives in this application round. Since its inception, it has given £5million in grants distributed to 120 projects across the country, directly benefitting 100,000 people.

The fund has recently reviewed its funding criteria in order to provide improved clarity to the organisations applying the variety of innovative projects in the countryside it will support.

Organisations interested in applying are encouraged to attend The Prince’s Countryside Fund Forum in Warwick on Thursday, March 5, to find out more about the variety of projects funded to date and understand more about the funding eligibility and criteria.

Projects will be considered on their contribution to one of three key countryside issues – Thriving Rural Communities; Rural Livelihoods; Farmers of the Future. To apply for funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, please complete the online application form at www.princescountryside The deadline for applications is April 9.