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Rural projects receive share of over £550,000 in PCF funding



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Prince Charles launched the Prince's Countryside Fund in 2010
Prince Charles launched the Prince's Countryside Fund in 2010

Rural isolation, declining skills and digital exclusion are just some of the projects which will be funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund’s (PCF) latest round of funding.

 

£551,738 grant funding has been distributed between 20 rural projects across the UK to help through training opportunities, support networks, counselling and new social enterprise projects.

 

Launched in 2010 by the Prince of Wales, the PCF has distributed over £6.7 million in grants and emergency funding, directly benefitting more than 210,000 people who live and work in rural areas.

 

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Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “We received an overwhelming amount of applications for funding; testament to the ceaseless trials our rural communities face. Our recent research into the farming crisis revealed that a shocking 20 per cent of all farmers are suffering from significant financial hardship and rural communities are still in recovery from the unforeseen catastrophe of the December floods.

 

"Rural infrastructure continues to be chipped away, with crippling consequences for isolated villages and towns, and investment in the futures of the next generation of rural entrepreneurs is barely there.

 

"We give grants to enable practical action on the ground, and we look forward to working with our inspiring new projects to achieve this."

 


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Projects supported in 2016:

  • Penistone Young Farmers £18,612 for two years (Yorkshire and the Humber)
  • Soil Association £25,000 (UK-wide)
  • Duchy College £50,000 for two years (South West)
  • Scottish Crofting Federation £20,732.32 (Scotland)
  • Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education (GIFHE) £24,838 (East Midlands)
  • Cosmic £48,263.29 (South West)
  • Tinder Foundation £40,000 (East Midlands)
  • FarmCornwall CIC £19,280 (South West)
  • Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd £25,000
  • Broads Reed & Sedge Cutters Association (Brasca)
  • Devon Federation of Young Farmers Clubs £21,600 (South West)
  • South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society £20,000 (North East)
  • Marchington Community Shop £28,690.00 (East Midlands)
  • Border Rambler Rural Transport Services CIC £1,078.00 (North West)
  • Preseli Rural Transport Association Limited £30,000 (Wales)
  • Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport £19,080 (East Midlands)
  • Northern Fells Rural Community Development Group £45,000 (North West)
  • Llandegla Community Shop Ltd £25,000 (Wales)
  • ACTion with Communities in Cumbria £15,046 for three years (North West)
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