The Prince’s Countryside Fund gives grants to projects that help support the people who care for the countryside.
It is supported by a unique collaboration of businesses working together to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund provides funding towards projects that clearly contribute to one or more of its objectives: To improve the sustainability of British farming and rural communities, targeting the areas of greatest need; To reconnect consumers with the countryside; To support farming and rural crisis charities through a dedicated emergency funding stream.
As a result we seek to address and provide funding to tackle four key issues: Rural isolation; Decline of rural communities; Low farming incomes; Lack of access to training.
We provide grants of up to £50,000 to projects that are tackling one of five key issues. Our grants will aim to improve service provision in rural areas, support rural enterprise, support farming businesses, and provide training opportunities for young people and educating people about the value of the countryside.
The majority of our funding is from our supporting companies. Where The Prince’s Countryside Fund logo is displayed you know that a company has lent its support.
So far we have donated £3.87 million in grants, supported over 87 projects across the UK and helped more than 64,000 people since 2010.
It was The Prince of Wales’s long-held concerns for the future of Britain’s rural areas that led to the idea of raising funds to help them become more sustainable. He challenged the business leaders that comprise his Prince’s Rural Action Programme at BITC to see what they could do about it. The Prince of Wales has long been a supporter of British farming and rural communities and for 25 years as President of Business in the Community, he has promoted responsible business and the power of business to be a positive force for change.