Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals in rural or farming communities across the UK.
Open for Applications
Objectives of Fund
The Prince’s Countryside Fund has set up the Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme to support not-for-profit organisations operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland if they are:
- Providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals.
- Providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Assisting rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic.
The maximum grant available is £2,500 (inclusive of VAT).
Who Can Apply
Applications are accepted from constituted not-for-profit organisations with the following types of legal structure (please note this list is not exhaustive):
- Registered Charities (including Charitable Incorporated Organisations)
- Community Benefit Societies
- Community Interest Companies
- Companies limited by guarantee
- Social enterprises
The following are not eligible for funding:
- For profit businesses
- Statutory bodies, such as local authorities, NHS bodies, or work where there is statutory responsibility to provide funding.
- Religious bodies where the funding will be used for promoting religion
- Political organisations where the funding will be used for political purposes.
- Any retrospective activity costs i.e. projects where money has been spent in anticipation of receiving funding.
- Capital funding requests for the purchase of buildings or land.
The funding is for new projects and initiatives that are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals in rural or farming communities across the UK.
The Fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural business and rural communities to cope with the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19). This many include but is not limited to:
- 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.
The funding is intended to cover additional costs generated as a result of the response to the coronavirus. Grants could be used for core costs when current income has been lost as a result of the coronavirus, or additional wage costs, or petrol/delivery costs, etc.
How To Apply
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 15 April 2020.
Guidance and the online application form is available on the Prince’s Countryside Fund website.