Rural Four – Catalyst, Collaborate, Create and Champion
The Prince’s Countryside Fund makes up to 10 grants available each year to not-for-profit organisations for rural community projects in England, Scotland and Wales to deliver and reinvigorate community assets and services that will support change within the community.
The Princes Countryside Fund is working with its partners including Scottish Business in the Community, Plunkett Foundation and Pub is the Hub, using their networks as a catalyst for community engagement. Support and guidance is provided to communities to collaborate and learn from others to build plans for projects that reinvigorate or restore vital assets. Funding is then provided to those that meet the programme’s eligibility criteria in order to support the community to create change.
Funded by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, this is a dedicated programme of support for community projects in England, Scotland and Wales. The project seeks to reach out and engage with up to 10 rural communities annually to help deliver and reinvigorate community assets and services.
Up to 10 grants of £25,000 will be awarded annually. Applications will be accepted from charities, Community Benefit Societies, Community Interest Companies, Companies limited by guarantee, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and Unincorporated associations with proven success of the community working together and a governance structure in place.
The funding is intended to support the overall aims of the Rural Four project to:
- Reinvigorate community networks by assisting with rebuilding community assets.
- Improve the health and well-being of 200 socially isolated people through providing access to improved community assets and a network of support.
- Create a lasting legacy of support and community spirit in the areas supported.
There is a particular focus on tackling isolation and improving the health and wellbeing of people living in sparsely populated areas. Find out more here: http://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/rural-four