Farmers across the UK are geared up to boost their business with more than £300,000 in the latest spurt of grants from the Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF).
About nine grants have been awarded to projects in the UK already with a further ten set to come as part of its grant giving programme.
Funding has been given to a range of organisations to help kick-start the next generation and improve research into the sustainability and resilience of farmer farms.
Organisations involved include the Farmer Network in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales, Bishop Burton College and the National Sheep Association.
Social enterprise and IT company Cosmic, which supports digital skills in upland areas of Dartmoor and Exmoor, hopes to use its grant to help farmers innovate through digital platforms.
Kate Doodson, Cosmic joint chief executive said: “We are delighted to be providing digital support and mentoring for farmers in our most rural locations of Dartmoor and Exmoor.
“Through our awarded grant, we will be able to transform farmers’ lives, enabling them to better understand the benefits of digital.”
Those awarded the grants have championed the scheme for its support and farmer promotion.
Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund added: “We are thrilled to be able to support so many farming initiatives in this round of funding.
“Our recent report, Who’d be a farmer today?, highlighted the disconnect that the general public has with farmers and the UK’s rural areas, and our grant programme is providing essential support during what is an uncertain time for people living and working in the countryside.”