About the Fund
The Prince’s Countryside Fund provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.
In Grampound, The Hollies Store and Post Office was the only convenience store in the village but it closed after the shopkeeper and postmistress retired. Faced with the prospect of a six-mile round trip for a pint of milk or newspaper, villagers came together to explore reopening the shop themselves.
The new Grampound Village Store and Coffee Shop, next to the village hall, was made possible with a grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, plus more than half of the households in the village signing up to a community share, amassing more than £20,500 in three months. The new store plays an important role as a hub of the community:It provides local jobs and volunteering opportunities, a place for residents to meet and a valuable outlet for local food suppliers. Read more about recent projects here.
New Grant Applications
The Prince’s Countryside Fund seeks grant applications for projects which support activity that results in a long-term positive impact on rural communities, by helping the people that live and work in the countryside. The grant programme currently aims to tackle the following key rural issues:
- Developing thriving rural communities by improving service provision in rural areas.
- Transforming rural livelihoods by supporting rural enterprise and farming businesses.
- Creating the farmers of the future by providing training opportunities for young people and unemployed people.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is open for funding applications twice a year.
The Fund is currently open for applications until midnight on 13th April 2016.
Click here to apply