Prince’s Countryside Fund announces £2,500 grants for rural and farming communities hit by coronavirus

Farmers, rural businesses and groups helping in isolated communities during the coronavirus crisis can apply for emergency grants of up to £2,500 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

A total of £100,000 has been made available to rural support groups giving help to counter the effects of isolation through the pandemic.

Applications close on Wednesday, April 15.

With thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they:
• are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals
• are providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis
• are helping rural or farming communities to cope with the pandemic.

The charity said a total of £100,000 was available in this first round of funding.

Grants will be available for projects that support farm or other rural businesses and communities, and could include:

  • volunteer and fuel costs for grocery and prescription delivery from rural community shops, pubs, and hubs.
  • costs associated with emergency support by farm and agricultural support groups.
  • rural foodbanks and food delivery services.

Claire Saunders, director, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said: “Charitable organisations assisting their rural communities face particular challenges in these difficult times.
“I am pleased that through the generosity of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Prince’s Countryside Fund is able to offer some support for those most affected.”

Applications close on Wednesday, April 15. Find out more and apply here.

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