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New year lifeline as PCF releases £718,000 grant funding

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has released its greatest number of grants to date, reaching a total of £718,000 funding.

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The increase in grants given highlights the growing need for support in rural communities
The increase in grants given highlights the growing need for support in rural communities

The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) has announced £718,000 of grant funding support to improve the lives of people living and working in the countryside.

 

This new funding comes in addition to the monies already distributed from The Prince’s Countryside Emergency Flood Appeal in December 2015.

 

23 projects have received grants in this latest round of funding, highlighting the growing need for support in rural communities which will directly benefit over 50,000 people.

 

Essential lifeline

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said “The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s grant programme provides an essential lifeline to people living and working in the countryside and is needed now more than ever.

 

"We are proud to be able to offer practical help to support farm businesses in becoming viable and sustainable.

 

"There are many fantastic groups operating across the UK and the Fund is delighted to be able to support such a wide range of innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to so many communities."

 

A range of farming help charities, networks and support groups have received funding, including the Farming Life Centre, Tir Dewi, Exmoor Hill Farming Network, FarmCornwall CiC, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West and North East Enterprise Agency.

 

These new grants have been awarded to help support over 1,000 vulnerable farm businesses and is one way in which the Fund is assisting the farming sector.

 

Helping to secure a viable future

 

Ms Saunders continued: “Farming and rural businesses have been hit hard in the past 12-months as a fall in commodity prices and increased administrative burdens have taken their toll, notwithstanding the devastation of storms and subsequent flooding.

 

As well as dealing with the immediate pressures we are committed to helping secure a viable future for vulnerable farms and have commissioned new research to be carried out by the University of Exeter and published in the summer to help inform our future funding and activity.”

 

Katherine Williams, Network Officer from grant recipient the Exmoor Hill Farming Network said, “The Prince’s Countryside Fund has provided support to our network activities to help address low farming incomes and rural isolation through its networking and training activities.

 

"We are a farmer led network bringing information, training, demonstrations, grants and opportunities to upland farmers across Exmoor.

 

Offers crucial support

"The new grant enables us to offer crucial support to over 430 members and (growing) across Exmoor. We have engaged with 226 farm businesses and provided locally delivered training in many topics including grassland management, condition scoring , succession planning, first aid, spraying and post mortems.

 

"We act as a vital hub being the ‘go to’ point situated in the middle of the moor marrying up farmer’s needs, provisions and enabling sharing ideas through knowledge exchange and transfer.

 

"We have been overwhelmed by the support the network has received and the level of participation by all members of the farming family.”

 


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List of grants awarded to organisations in January 2016

  • Bed and Cambs Rural Support Group £25,170 (East of England)
  • Bentley Community Shop CIC £27,217 (East of England)
  • British Grassland Society £35,300 (UK-wide)
  • Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs £40,000 (South West)
  • Duchy College £50,000 (South West)
  • Dunaverty Hall £15,000 (Scotland)
  • Exmoor Hill Farming Network £49,990 (South West)
  • FarmCornwall CIC £15,000 and £7,330 (South West)
  • Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) SouthWest £50,000 (South West)
  • Hallbankgate Hub £30,000 (North West)
  • Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs in partnership with Herefordshire Rural Hub £50,000 (West Midlands)
  • Innovation for Agriculture £20,000 (England)
  • Nidderdale Agricultural Society £20,000 (Yorkshire and Humberside)
  • North East Enterprise Agency Ltd £20,000 (North East)
  • Nourish Scotland £25,000 (Scotland)
  • Pub is The Hub £50,000 (England)
  • Rural Housing Service £42,000 (Scotland)
  • St Michael and All Angels, Alnham £15,000 (North East)
  • The Farming Life Centre £50,000 (East Midlands)
  • Tir Dewi (David's Land) £30,750 (Wales)
  • Urban Biodiversity CIC £20,000 (South West)
  • Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust £30,000 (Yorkshire and the Humberside)
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