The Prince’s Countryside Fund awards emergency grants

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has awarded over £120,000 of funding to 62 community-led projects dealing with the impact of Covid-19 across the UK.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has awarded over £120,000 of funding to 62 community-led projects dealing with the impact of Covid-19 across the UK.

The successful applicants are tackling Covid-19 in a number of ways – from grocery, hot meal, and prescription delivery in remote areas, to setting up community shops and food banks, or providing business support tailored for rural and farm businesses.

The Fund received nearly 300 applications for assistance, and thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Royal Warrant Holders Association Charitable Trust, the Barbour Foundation, and  the generosity of its own corporate partners, were able to release £120,963 in funding to 62 projects, benefitting people living and working in rural areas.

The Fund has also awarded the Farming Community Network over £6000 to allow them to increase their helpline provision.

Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, the Fund’s mission is to help ensure a vibrant rural economy with a thriving and resilient farming sector at its heart, and its grant programme is a major focus of activity to achieve this. The Prince’s Countryside Fund awards grants to local organisations, and since 2010 has distributed over £10 million in funding. 

Gaby Ciacchino from Curious Pilgrims, who has organised a prescription collection service for residents of Shetland, said: “Curious Pilgrims is delighted to have been awarded an emergency grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund. This will make a substantial contribution to the work the we’re carrying out with our community, assisting us in providing an indispensable service.”

Phil Price, Director of SCRVSG in Yorkshire, said “The Snaith, Cowick and Rawcliffe army of volunteers supporting our displaced, vulnerable and self-isolated residents in the wake of recent flooding and the current Covid-19 pandemic are truly thankful for the support of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.  Your emergency grant will enable us to provide some of the basic essentials and extended community care that will help restore faith, confidence and normality among the strugglers in our rural communities.  Thank you.”

Cheryl Marriott, Chair of the Blackwater Village Trust in Cornwall, said: “As a small community charity we are hugely grateful to The Prince’s Countryside Fund for awarding this grant towards the Blackwater Village Covid-19 Hardship fund. We already have a volunteer network helping with food deliveries and errands and now we can begin to help those having difficulty making ends meet by offering grocery vouchers.”

Announcing the grant recipients, Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “These small rural organisations are the lifeblood of many far-flung communities. They have adapted to provide unprecedented support to rural people, quickly, and efficiently, with the help of a dedicated army of local volunteers. We are so grateful to all our sponsors, who by supporting The Prince’s Countryside Fund, have enabled the provision of these Rural Response Emergency Grants during this crisis.”

More details can be found HERE.


The below organisations have been awarded grant funding:

50 Backpacks, Cambridgeshire, £2,500

Black Water Village Trust, Cornwall, £1,500

The Solomon Browne Hall, Cornwall, £2,500

The St Tudy Community Shop Ltd, Cornwall, £2,500

YMCA Teesdale, part of YMCA North Tyneside, County Durham, £2,100

Northern Fells Rural Community Development Group, Cumbria, £2,464

Ambleside Parish Centre, Cumbria, £2,500

Susan’s Farm CIO, Cumbria, £2,400

Rural Action Derbyshire, Derbyshire, £2,000

Bamford Community Society Ltd, Derbyshire, £2,500

Morton Village Hall, Derbyshire, £1,500

TRIP Community Transport Association, Devon, £2,500

Hawkchurch Community Shop Limited, Devon, £2,500

Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub CIC, Devon, £2,475

Harvest Workers Co-op Ltd, Devon, £1,696

Ivybridge and District Community Transport Association, Devon, £910

Community Council of Devon (operating as Devon Communities Together), Devon, £2,500

Countrymen UK, Dorset, £2,000

Friends of Stour Connect, Dorset, £1,500

The Landworkers Alliance, Dorset, £2,426.70

Council for Voluntary Service Uttlesford (CVSU), Essex, £2,500

Niton Community Projects, Isle of Wight, £1,750

Bechange, Kent, £900

Ribchester Playing Fields Trust (Ribchester Careline), Lancashire, £2,500

Brookenby Community Group, Lincolnshire, £400

Lincs Digital, Lincolnshire, £2,400

The Stone House Church Alford (aka The Alford Community Church), Lincolnshire, £2,500

Moneydig rural network, Northern Ireland, £2,500

Aghalee Village Hall, Northern Ireland, £1,000

Ballycastle Community Development Group, Northern Ireland, £2,500

Kells & Connor Community Improvement Association , Northern Ireland, £2,000

Heart of Gissing CIO, Norfolk, £1,000

Access – supporting migrants in East Anglia, Norfolk, £2,500

Charles Burrell Centre (Community Benefit Society), Norfolk, £2,332

Thurlton Community Store CIC, Norfolk, £753

Rural Enterprises CIC, Northamptonshire, £2,000

Bell View (Belford), Northumberland, £1,500

Slaley Community Shop Ltd, Northumberland, £2,500

Upper Coquetdale Community Transport, Northumberland, £1,000

Rannoch Community Trust, Scotland, £2,040

Uig Community Co-operative Ltd trading as Uig Community Shop, Scotland, £2,500

Interloch Transport, Scotland, £2,000

Morebattle Community Shop, Scotland, £1,500

Western Isles Citizens Advice Service, Scotland, £2,500

New Galloway Community Enterprises Ltd, Scotland, £950

Islay & Jura Community Enterprises Limited, Scotland, £2,470

Curious Pilgrims CIC, Scotland, £2,040

Raasay House Community Company, Scotland, £2,420

The Furniture Project (Stranraer) Ltd, Scotland, £2,500

Rural Coffee Caravan, Suffolk, £2,500

Builth Wells Community Support, Wales £2,500

CETMA, Wales £2,300

Llandovery Youth and Community Centre, Wales £1,500

Llanwrtyd Community Transport, Wales, £2,000

Menter y Plu, Wales, £750

St Mary Bourne Village Shop Association CIC, Wiltshire, £2,000

Bretforton Community Shop Limited, Worcestershire, £698

Pershore & District Voluntary Help Centre (k/a Pershore Volunteer Centre), Worcestershire, £2,000

Carperby cum Thoresby Recreation and Playing Fields Association, Yorkshire, £1,200

Charltons Community Centre, Yorkshire, £600

SCRVSG CIC, Yorkshire, £1,500

The Grassington Hub, Yorkshire, £2,500

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