Rural community projects encouraged to apply for £25,000 grants

Rural community projects encouraged to apply for £25,000 grants
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Fri 8th Sep 2023

Not-for-profilt rural community organisations are being invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000 from The Royal Countryside Fund.

Founded by HM King Charles III in 2010 while he was The Prince of Wales, The Royal Countryside Fund focuses on the issues facing farming and rural communities.

The latest round of funding has grants of up to £250,000 available for not-for-profit rural organisations across the UK.

Project previously awarded grants include:

  • Chopwell Regeneration CIO in Tyne & Wear was awarded £25,000 for its 'front of house' and 'administration' apprenticeship programme for Chopwell, which aims to increase skills, employability and confidence in young people and low skilled adults.

  • Black Mountains College, based in Wales, were awarded £22,000 to support the delivery of community-based vocational training and short courses in rural skills, with the objectives of strengthening community resilience and retaining young people in the area.

  • Erne Erst Community Partnership in Northern Ireland was awarded £12,500 towards its Men's Shed project, which aims to tackle social isolation and teach woodworking skills.

Maddy Taylor, head of operations at The Royal Countryside Fund, said:

"We are really keen to hear from people whose community projects are responding to specific needs in their village or town, to tackle problems such as isolation, lack of access to services, training, or employment, or that are improving the sustainability and resilience of countryside communities.

"We want to hear how your project is responding to demand from people in your area, and how it will make a real difference to improve the lives of people living in your local community."

Applications are open until Friday 20 October 2023. Interested organisations can check eiligibility and apply here.

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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