The Prince’s Countryside Fund

I am urging community groups in rural Delyn to apply for the next round of funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund.

Applications open on April 30th for community groups and charities to apply for grant funding of up to £50,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, until June 14th 2018. The Fund is committed to supporting projects which will reinvigorate and sustain community networks, by providing services and amenities.

Funding is also available for projects that will improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses, for example by providing training or education schemes.

The Fund’s grant giving helps to support a diverse range of projects, often delivered locally by grassroots organisations and community groups, and since the Fund was set up by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010 it has distributed more than £9 million to communities across the UK.

The Fund is particularly keen to receive applications from Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

The Fund is seeking applications to support activity that results in a long-term positive impact on rural communities by helping the people that live and work in the countryside. Their grant programme currently aims to tackle the following key rural issues:

1. To improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses;
2. To sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy (including pubs, shops and transport); and
3. To support aid delivery in emergency and building resilience.

Types of applicants accepted are:

• Charities
• Community Benefit Society
• Community Interest Companies
• Companies limited by guarantee
• Not for profit organisations
• Social entreprises
• Unincorporated associations

Grant applications can be made from April 30th to June 14th 2018. Find out more and read the full eligibility and guidance document at www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grants or contact Helen Aldis on 020 7566 6659 or [email protected]

I know of many community groups in Delyn that would benefit greatly from investment from The Prince’s Countryside Fund. The next round of funding opens from April 30th 2018 and it is important that people put in their applications.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is an excellent organisation that has done much to help rural communities, like ours. So if you have a community group already established or want to start a new one and need funding do put in your bid.