The Princes Countryside Fund

Status:Open to applications


Funding is available for projects operating in the UK that can have a long-term positive effect on rural communities.


Fund Value:£ 1,000,000
Maximum Value:£ 50,000

Latest Information

The Fund will be open for grant applications June 14th 2018.

Value Notes

More than £1 million is awarded in grants each year. 

Grants of up to a maximum of £50,000 (inclusive of VAT) to a maximum period of three years.

The Fund can pay for a portion or the entirety of the costs of a project, as either a one-off grant or as ongoing support.

Extended Description

The Prince's Countryside Fund has been established to support the sustainability and protection of farms and rural communities throughout the UK. The Fund aims to have a long-term positive impact on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside by tackling key rural issues.

The grant programme currently aims to tackle the following key rural issues:

  • To improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses.
  • To sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy.
  • To support aid delivery in emergency and building resilience.

Key Criteria                                                                                                                                                            

Applications will be accepted from organisations operating in the United Kingdom. 

Applicants can be, but do not need to be, charities. They may be operating as:

  • Charities
  • Community Benefit Society
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Social enterprises
  • Unincorporated associations

Applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate significant public benefit arising from their project. They should be able to show the support of the community which will benefit from the project and show evidence of consulting the community. Applicants that can demonstrate a track record of successful project management will also be favoured.

Applications from support organisations that do not provide direct service delivery to clients will be accepted; however applications will have to be for specific projects with tangible and deliverable outcomes.

Eligible Expenditure

Projects must focus on at least one of the following three areas:

  • Improving the prospects of viability for family farm businesses. Projects should focus on developing stronger, more sustainable farm businesses and other rural enterprises with the aim of halting the decline of the rural economy. These projects should focus on:
    • Providing business support and advice for rural businesses including supporting farmers in financial hardship to help them improve their efficiency and/or add value to their business through the provision of on-farm business advice. Groups that are considering applying under this theme should contact the Fund's Grant Manager to discuss their proposed activity in more detail and to ensure that there is no overlap with the Prince's Farm Resilience Programme.
    • Facilitating the transfer of knowledge for continuous improvement of agricultural businesses in poor rural areas and providing opportunities for continuing education of farmers.
    • Supporting farmer led initiatives including cooperatives and producer groups aimed at adding value, reducing costs, sharing information and shortening supply chains in farming/rural areas experiencing financial hardship.
    • Providing training opportunities and apprenticeship schemes for those seeking a career in agriculture.
  • Sustaining Rural Communities and driving Economic Vibrancy. Projects should provide innovative solutions to deliver assets and services that keep rural communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy. These projects will focus on:
    • Supporting village service provision including pubs, shops and transport.
    • Encouraging rural enterprise through facilitating business support and advice and the creation of business hubs and enterprise areas.
    • Providing training opportunities such as rural career apprenticeships, bursaries and vouchers to access training and qualifications.
    • Providing advice and training to people searching for local jobs.
  • Supporting Aid Delivery in Emergency and Building Resilience. Projects should support farm businesses, rural businesses and communities to plan for and recover from natural disasters such as flooding or animal disease. Groups that are considering applying under this theme should contact the Fund's Grant Manager to discuss their proposed activity in more detail.

Applications for project and resource funding will be considered.

Applications for capital funding will be accepted but only for the purchase of equipment and for refurbishment. Funding requests for the purchase of buildings or land will not be accepted.

Applications from support organisations that do not provide direct service delivery to clients will be accepted, however, they must be for specific projects with tangible and deliverable outcomes.

The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme is being run annually in 15 locations around the UK. It is open to small dairy, livestock and mixed family farm businesses and includes a series of free workshops and one-to one guidance. This year (2017) the programme is being offered in the following locations: Abergavenny-Monmouthshire; Ayr-Ayrshire; Bakewell-Derbyshire; Bishops Castle-Shropshire; Builth Wells-Powys; Cockermouth-Cumbria; Hailsham-East Sussex; Hexham-Northumberland; Huntingdon-Cambridgeshire; Lanark-Lanarkshire; Launceston-Cornwall; Northern Ireland; Settle-Yorkshire Dales; Taunton-Somerset.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applications for match funding in order to support a bid for other grants that meet the Fund's objectives will be considered.


The following will not be funded:

  • Individuals.
  • Statutory bodies, such as local authorities and NHS bodies, or work where there is a statutory responsibility to provide funding (schools will be funded where the project falls outside of statutory obligations).
  • Religious bodies where the funding will be for religious purposes.
  • Political organisations where the funding will be used for political purposes.
  • Projects where the work has begun and money spent in anticipation of receiving funding.
  • Projects where the funding would displace existing funding streams, such as agri-environment schemes.
  • Projects which do not demonstrate sufficient public benefit and in which private benefit is more than incidental.
  • Projects which are aimed at generating commercial benefits beyond the relief of financial hardship in farming/rural areas.
  • Projects wholly dependent on funding for over three years.
  • Projects that would damage the name or reputation of the Fund.
  • Projects where the objective is to ‘reconnect people with the countryside’.
  • Private enterprises. (There are two exceptions: Community Interest Companies and Companies Limited by Guarantee.)
  • Purchase of buildings or land.
  • Feasibility studies where the outcome is unknown.

Payment Procedure
The funding will be made in six monthly instalments from the start of the project following receipt of a written report detailing the satisfactory completion of the outcomes to date except in the case of small grants which may be made in a single payment.

Application Procedure


There are two funding rounds per year: one in the Spring and another in the Autumn.
A copy of the guidelines can be downloaded from the Fund's website.
An online application form can be accessed upon registration to The Prince's Countryside Fund website.
Applications require a statement of support from an independent referee for the project.

Contact The Prince's Countryside Fund for further information.

Address and Contacts

Application forms may be available please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
The Prince's Countryside Fund Team
Prince's Countryside Fund
137 Shepherdess Walk
N1 7RQ
Telephone:020 7566 6615