Grants for Cornish Communities

Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund was established in 2010 by HRH The Prince of Wales, and awards grants to help improve rural communities.  The Fund was recently awarded a grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery which will help it to fund a further 10 projects.

Local communities awarded grants in the most recent round of applications are:

  • Dartmoor Hill Farm Project        £44,000
  • Devon Cattle Breeders’ Society   £24,000
  • Devon Communities Together    £49,961
  • The St Tudy Community Shop    £25,000

Dartmoor Hill Farm Project

Dartmoor Hill Farm Project
Dartmoor Hill Farm Project

The Dartmoor Hill Farm Project (DHFP) was established in 2003 and has received funding from the Princes Countryside Fund since 2015.  The DHFP supports farmers on Dartmoor, helping them establish projects which add value to their businesses, as well as increasing vocational skills.
To contact the project, call Sandra Dodd (Project Officer) on 01822 890912

Devon Cattle Breeders’ Society

Devon Cattle Breeders' SocietyThe Devon Cattle Breeders’ Society has been active since 1884, and works to promote and maintain the purity of the Red Ruby Devon breed.
It’s key roles include the administering of pedigree registrations, marketing the breed, and the publication of the annual Davy Herd Book.
You can call the DCBS on 01404 812800

Devon Communities Together

Devon Communites Together

Devon Communities Together was founded in 1961 and helps a wide range of projects across the community.  The grant from the PCF will aid the DCT to deliver an 18 month project to encourage rural enterprise across Torrbridge, Teignbridge, Mid and West Devon.
Get invloved in the project at

St Tudy Community Shop

St Tudy Community Shop
St Tudy Community Shop was established through the hard work of  local fundraisers in 2011 when the village shop & post office closed, citing that the business was no longer viable.


The Community Shop has recently been crowned the winner of the South West of  England Award, as part of the rural Community Ownership Awards 2016, and the grant means that it can continue to prove award-winning service to the local community.
Open seven days a week, find out more about the shop here.

Applying for a Grant

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is open for funding applications twice a year.  The next round of applications will be open from 13th March to 13th April 2017.
Grants are awarded to activity which results in long-term positive action on rural communities.  This can include improving the viability of a family farm business; driving economic vibrancy in rural communities; and supporting areas in times of emergency, as well as building resilience to prevent issues in the future.
Read more here.


Landrover Bursary 2017

Grants and Funds

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has a variety of schemes designed to support people who care for the countryside.  Twice a year, applications are accepted for grants of up to £50,000 for projects which benefit communities.  An Emergency Fund is also available to respond to crises such as animal disease and extreme weather.

Land Rover

Now in it’s third year, the Prince’s Countryside Fund has teamed up with Land Rover to offer five young people the lease of a Land Rover Discovery Sport for a year, to help support their career in farming or another rural business.

Read more

Find out about the 2016 winners and their businesses which span from a microbrewery in Lancaster, to rare-breed wool specialist Lily Warne Wool based in Chudleigh:  click here to go to the Prince’s Countryside Fund and see list of winners.

Your opportunity

Applications will be accepted again in the new year. To find out more about the bursary please contact Hannah Barnley on 020 7566 8749 or email


Helston & St Keverne YFC Annual Ploughing Match

This year, on Saturday 10th September, the Helston & St Keverne YFC Annual Ploughing Match will be raising money for The Headland Unit and The Urology Clinic at Treliske – with free entry and carparking, there’s no reason not to come along and support this charitable event.

This all-day fun event will be held at Higher Nansloe Farm, Helston, TR13 0SB, courtesy of the Benney family.


Helston& St Keverne Ploughing Match
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Entries have now closed for the competition, but you can still cheer for your favourite tractor.  As well as the traditional ploughing competitions, there are five different classes in the Tractor Pull to keep you entertained, as well as sheaf-pitching.


Helston& St Keverne Ploughing Match

Throughout the day, there will be a barbecue serving sizzling burgers and bacon baps.  Leave some space in your tummy, and treat yourself to a delicious cake from the Domestic Tent which will also be housing beautiful flowers, crafts, photos, and the entries for the farm produce competition.

Spend some time admiring the Vintage Tractor section – including the best Original, and Best Restored.

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When the ploughing is over, the day is still far from done.  If you have a good eye for a shot (or even if your don’t), there is the opportunity to take part in the a clay pigeon shoot.


Round off your day by dancing at the disco – as they say on their website, “There ain’t no party like a Young Farmers Party!”


Follow this link to their Facebook page or click here to see their poster.


Great British Beef Week

Great British Beef Week

Get ready for the Great British Beef Week!  This annual event usually takes place around the 23rd of April – which just also happens to be St George’s Day.

What could be more British and a Sunday joint of roast beef with all the trimmings?  It could be argued that the humble sandwich is just as quintessentially British, and on a Monday morning if you were to tuck tasty morsels of beef left over from the Sunday Roast, between two slabs of crusty bread, that would be a reasonable contender for the title!

The key focus of the GBBW campaign this year, is how to get more from your meat by celebrating the humble sandwich – and in doing so, the campaign also hopes to raise awareness of the quality and versatility of assured British beef and give the industry a much-needed boost.

rabi_logoOrganised by Ladies in Beef, Great British Beef Week puts the spotlight firmly on the fantastic food that British beef farmers produce. In addition, it raises vital funds for those in need in the farming industry by partnering with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.).

red_tractor_smallLadies in Beef support the Red Tractor

The Red Tractor is an independent mark of quality that guarantees the food we’re buying comes from farms and food companies that meet high standards of food safety and hygiene, animal welfare and environmental protection.


Get More From Your Meat

There’s more info about Great British Beef Week in the article about beefy bikers and their 300 mile charity cycle.

Also check out the Ladies in Beef website which will have lots of info very shortly.

What are the Prospects for Small Farms?

The Prince’s Countryside Fund prince

The Prince’s Countryside Fund was established by the Prince of Wales in 2010 and exists to improve the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life.   Every year, the Fund provides more than £1m in grants to nationwide projects that help provide a secure future for the countryside.  The Fund also commissions research into issues affecting families and rural communities.

Working with the University of Exeter

The Fund is concerned about the future viability of small family farms.  Together with the University of Exeter, the Fund is working on a research project to identify the key factors that help small farms survive.  The outcome of the research is to improve the prospects of family farms, and show how farmers can improve their performance through increased efficiency, added value, diversification, co-operation and succession planning.


How you can help

In the first instance, the research team is asking for submissions of written evidence on the following questions:

  1. What do small farms contribute to the agricultural sector, the rural economy and communities, and the countryside which is distinctive and important in comparison to larger farms?
  2. How might a viable and vibrant small farm sector be encouraged and supported? This might include: the use of CAP measures, the operation of supply chains, taxation rules, tenure legislation, access to finance, and practices around succession and new entrants.
  3. How might small farmers improve performance and viability through, for example, increased efficiency, added value, diversification, and co-operation?
  4. We would also be grateful to receive any evidence detailing examples of ‘good practice’ where small farm businesses have thrived and where lessons might be learned for the sector as whole.

Based on the responses, you may then be asked to attend workshops being held with other interested parties.

Please email or send in writing evidence to:
Professor Michael Winter OBE
Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP),
University of Exeter
Lazenby House,
Prince of Wales Road,

Closing Date: 12 noon Wednesday April 20th 2016.

To find out more about this research from the University of Exeter click here.


To find out more about this research and how The Prince’s Countryside Fund supports farm businesses and rural communities, please contact Maddy Fitzgerald on 020 7566 8797 or

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is committed to doing more to boost the viability of small farms across the UK and the outcomes from this research will be fundamental in shaping this work. The research findings will be published in summer 2016.


Written evidence submitted to the Small Family Farm Project will be used for both academic purposes and by the Prince’s Countryside Fund as part of their work in supporting family farmers.

Evidence submitted may be published in full or in part for academic reporting purposes and disseminated at academic conferences, seminars, etc.

Your contribution will remain entirely anonymous unless you wish to be named. When you submit your evidence please state clearly one of the following preferences:

  • I do not wish my name/organisation name to be included in any published results.
  • I am happy to have my name/organisation name included in published list of organisations/individuals submitting evidence but do not consent to quotes being attributed to myself/my organisation.
  • I am happy to have my name/organisation name included in published list of organisations/individuals submitting evidence and to having quotes attributed to myself/my organisation.

The information provided to us will not be used other than for the purposes described above and third parties will not be allowed access to it (except as may be required by the law). Your data will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act, which means data will be anonymised and kept securely, indefinitely.


Free Farm Advice & Coffee Mornings

Free coffee and advice for farmers in the south-west.

Coffee morning initiative launched to support farming community

Cornish Mutual has launched a new coffee morning initiative as part of a year-long commitment to support rural charity the Farming Community Network (FCN).

The first three of theses events will be held in the week beginning Monday the 18th of April, and will focus on sharing hints and tips on how to make farm business administration easier, and less time consuming.

The coffee mornings are free to attend with participants encouraged to donate to the FCN through a tea and cake stall and a raffle.  Cornish Mutual have pledged to match all funds raised up to £100.

The pressures of farm administration was a specific area of concern that was raised by farmers who attended Cornish Mutual’s health and safety events last year.


Alan Goddard, Managing Director for Cornish Mutual said: “The FCN is a very important charity which addresses issues which are often not discussed openly in the farming community. People can face a variety of pressures when running a farm, be it financial or personal, it can be a very stressful lifestyle, especially at the moment when we know farmers across the Westcountry are finding it hard.

“The FCN offers practical help and advice to farmers and their families in times of need enabling them to talk through problems and where possible  find solutions. The coffee morning initiative is a great way to raise funds for the FCN and bring people together. We also know that the free advice will be very welcome.”

The first three coffee mornings will take place on:

Mlobbsonday 18 AprilLobbs Farm Shop, Heligan, St Austell. Speakers include Canon Chris Batt, speaking on behalf of the FCN, and Peter Green, accountant and farmer, who will talk about ways to improve how you work on and in your farm business.

ullcaombeWednesday 20 April
Ullacombe Farm Shop and Café, Bovey Tracey. Speakers include Stephen Dennis, speaking on behalf of the FCN, and a talk about how to handle your book-keeping so it benefits your farm business.


dartsWednesday 27 AprilDarts Farm, Exeter. Speakers include Joanne Jones, speaking on behalf of the FCN, and a talk about how to handle your book-keeping so it benefits your farm business.


To book a place call Cornish Mutual on 01872 246440
or email

Entry is free, donations are welcomed for the raffle.

Deadline for Grant Applications – Prince’s Countryside Fund

13th April deadline for grants from the Prince’s Countryside Fund

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.

Recent Projects

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.

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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:

  1. Developing thriving rural communities by improving service provision in rural areas.
  2. Transforming rural livelihoods by supporting rural enterprise and farming businesses.
  3. Creating the farmers of the future by providing training opportunities for young people and unemployed people.

Each theme is described in more detail in the Grant Eligibility and Guidance Document. You can read more about the ways in which the Fund has helped people here.

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

Cornish Tractor Club – Spring Road Run 2016

In 1987, a group of tractor enthusiasts decided they wanted to organise events for like-minded individuals, and so the Cornish Tractor Club was born.  The Club has organised many rallies, Working Weekends and Road Runs since that date, and 2013 saw the Cornish Tractor Club celebrate its quarter-centenary.

This year on Sunday the 17th of April, the Club embarks on its Road Run.  The run will depart from the Chacewater branch of Truro Tractors where participants are advised to meet at 10am for a 10.30am start.  The planned route includes a stop at the Inn For All Seasons for lunch.

The Road Run will be raising money for the charity FLEET – Frontline Emergency Equipment Trust.  Established in 1990, FLEET supports all of the emergency services across the county by raising funds to provide life-saving equipment as well as public access defibrillators.  In 2015, the Cornish Tractor Club raise £2,000 for FLEET, and they are hoping to do even better this year.

If you would like to take part in the Road Run, contact the Cornish Tractor Club using the details on the poster below.

You can see photos from last year’s spring Road Run here.