The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

Deadline for applications: 12 noon on 15th April

Grants of up to £2,500 are available to not-for-profit organisations that are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals in rural or farming communities across the UK.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has set up the Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme to support not-for-profit organisations if they are:

  • Providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals
  • Providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Assisting rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • For profit businesses
  • Statutory bodies, such as local authorities, NHS bodies, or work where there is statutory responsibility to provide funding
  • Religious bodies where the funding will be used for promoting religion
  • Political organisations where the funding will be used for political purposes
  • Any retrospective activity costs i.e. projects where money has been spent in anticipation of receiving funding
  • Capital funding requests for the purchase of buildings or land

The funding is for new projects and initiatives that are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals in rural or farming communities across the UK.

The Fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural business and rural communities to cope with the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19). This many include but is not limited to:

  • Fuel costs for grocery and prescription delivery from rural community shops, pubs, and hubs
  • Costs associated with emergency support by farm and agricultural support groups
  • Rural foodbanks and food delivery

The funding is intended to cover additional costs generated as a result of the response to the coronavirus. Grants could be used for core costs when current income has been lost as a result of the coronavirus, or additional wage costs, or petrol/delivery costs, etc.

Guidance and the online application form is available on the Prince’s Countryside Fund website.

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