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Rural groups and flood victims to benefit from £600k Prince's Countryside Fund

Rural initiatives will be able to apply for a share of a £600,000 pot from the Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF).



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Projects across the UK which enhance community services, provide training opportunities for young and unemployed people and projects which focus on developing stronger, more sustainable farm businesses can apply for a grant of up to £50,000.

 

PCF is also opening up specific funds to help support the winter flood recovery.

 

Organisations which are supporting farmers, rural businesses and communities following the severe storms in December 2015 across Cumbria, Lancashire, Herefordshire, Northumberland and North Yorkshire, Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland can apply.

 

Submissions open today (Monday September 19) and close on Thursday October 13.

 

Applicants can find more information and check their eligibility by clicking here.

 

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Clare Crookenden, PCF grants manager, said: “Since 2010 our grant programme has provided a vital boost to people and grassroot organisations who are working hard to protect and enhance the countryside.

 

“We have been able to support innovative and diverse projects, ranging from inspiring young people to develop their skills and pursue a rural career to strengthening rural businesses who have been hit hard in recent years.

 

“Our grant programme has been made available to help improve the lives of people living and working in the countryside. Community shops, libraries and pubs and the people that support them add vibrancy and strength to rural communities and we are committed to help.

 

“Action is needed to give rural communities the chance to provide the vital services that they rely on and to ensure all of us benefit from retaining a vibrant countryside.”

 

Since being founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, the PCF has distributed more than £7 million to 182 projects across the UK, helping more than 200,000 people.

 


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