Princes Trust unveils £200k in rural grants

PRINCE Charles has unveiled six new grants worth almost £200,000 for projects that benefit rural communities.

The Prince of Wales announced grants totalling £189,942 from the Prince’s Countryside Fund on Wednesday (13 July).

The money will go to six projects that support the Fund’s objectives of ensuring a sustainable future for farmers and rural communities.

Money will support a diverse range of projects, from empowering young people in isolated areas to providing business support to rural women.

The grants support both national and local organisations. They timed to coincide with Britain’s inaugural National Countryside Week.

The six recipients are:
Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE)
A national organisation supporting rural women who own or want to start a business and provides support and start up advice. The grant will help develop 12 new network groups in key rural areas.

Seize the Moment
A social enterprise set up to empower young people in isolated areas of rural Devon. Money will be used to set up a local food business establishing a cafe and market garden to train over 100 youngsters in catering.

Hampshire Fare
A county food group established to promote the benefits of buying local produce. The grant will help support the group’s efforts to preserve the symbol of the county, the Hampshire Hog, which is under threat.

Farming and Countryside Education (FACE)
A nationwide charity that educates children and young people about food, farming and the countryside. The grant will fund nine regional coordinators targeting young people in economically deprived areas.

Clervaux Trust (Yorkshire)
The trust works with young people to develop their skills and experience in farming and rural crafts. The money will provide accredited training to 60 young people over three years.

White Quarry Farm
An arable and grassland farm that has hosted school visits for over 14 years. A grant of £1,600 will go towards equipping a new class room with tables, chairs, microscopes and cooking equipment.

Fund trustee Mark Price, who is also managing director of Waitrose, said the fund was delighted to support the work done by rural organisations.
“We hope to inspire the general public to recognise the importance of the countryside to the nation’s well being and the wider British economy.”

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is a group of brands and business brought together to secure a better future for rural people.
It also works to raise awareness in Britain of the contribution made by the countryside to people’s lives.

To find out more, visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk.

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