Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Emergency funds launched for rural community groups

Farming and rural community support groups are being encouraged to submit applications to The Prince’s Countryside Fund to secure funding to counter the effects of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Made possible by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500. £100,000 total is available in this first round of funding.

Groups can access funding if they provide emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals, provide support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the pandemic, or help rural or farming communities to cope with the pandemic.

The Fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural businesses and rural communities. This may include, but is not limited to, volunteer and 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; or rural foodbanks and food delivery services.

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said: “Charitable organisations assisting their rural communities face particular challenges in these difficult times.

“I am pleased that through the generosity of Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Prince’s Countryside Fund is able to offer some support for those most affected.”

Applications close on Wednesday 15th April. Applications can be made here.

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