Grant Giving Programme (Free)
What is the grant available for?
The Prince’s Countryside Fund provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. We have grants of up to £50,000 available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.
We recognise that rural communities face a range of challenges. One way in which we help grassroots organisations overcome these is through our grant programme.
We seek applications to support activity that results in a long-term positive impact on rural communities by helping the people that live and work in the countryside. Our 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
Each theme is described in more detail in our Grant Eligibility and Guidance Document. You can read more about the ways in which we have helped people here.
Our next round of applications will open on Monday 4th September and close at 5pm on Thursday 5th October.
Type of applicant
Applications are accepted from (please note this list is not exhaustive):
- Community Benefit Society
- Community Interest Companies
- Companies limited by guarantee
- Not for profit organisations
- Social enterprises
- Unincorporated associations
The Prince’s Countryside Fund will not accept applications from individuals or the following organisations:
- 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 for religious purposes.
- Political organisations where the funding will be used for political purposes.
Type of activity
Applications will be accepted for new projects and initiatives that meet the criteria listed in the previous section. The Prince’s Countryside Fund will not accept the following types of applications:
- Projects where the work has begun and money has been 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.
- Applications for feasibility studies where the outcome is unknown cannot be funded.
- 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.
Grant amounts available
Organisations can apply for a maximum of £50,000 (inclusive of VAT) of funding to a maximum period of three years. The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s Trustees on occasion may only offer part funding.
- The Fund can pay for a portion or all the costs of a project, as either a one-off grant or as ongoing support.
- The Fund will consider applications for match funding.
- The Fund will not support projects wholly dependent on its funding for over three years.
- Applications for project and resource funding will be considered.
- Applications for capital funding are accepted but only for the purchase of equipment and for refurbishment.
- The Prince’s Countryside Fund does not accept capital funding requests for the purchase of buildings or land.
- Requests for funding of up to a maximum of three years will be considered.
- Extensions will be considered based on results and the current priorities of the Fund.
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.