Countrywide Charity of the Year 2012 - 2013
The Prince's Countryside Fund gives grants to projects that support the people who care for our countryside.
It tackles five key issues:
- Rural isolation
- Low farming incomes
- Decline of rural communities
- Lack of access to training
- Disconnect with the countryside
It was set up in 2010 by BITC at the request of HRH The Prince of Wales. Instead of creating new organisations His Royal Highness wanted to support the thousands of organisations that are already doing great work in the countryside.
A thriving countryside depends on thriving rural communities and that is why projects supported by The Prince's Countryside Fund are:
- Improving service provision in rural areas
- Supporting farming businesses
- Supporting rural enterprise
- Providing training opportunities for young people
- Educating people about the value of the countryside
Since 2010, The Prince's Countryside Fund has provided grants to help...
104 Rural communities by improving service provision.As a result of our funding we have supported rural transport schemes, set up a community allotment, supported 50 village pubs to ensure they remain part of the community and developed business units for locals in a redeveloped village school
644 Farm businesses through funding projects that work directly with farmers. Additionally we support projects that offer farmers the opportunity to diversify and generate new income streams.
714 People by supporting projects offering training opportunities. Primarily targeting young people we have supported apprenticeship programmes, funded training days and paid for transport to access training. So far more than 20 young people have secured full time employment in rural areas as a result
15,280 Individuals to improve their understanding of the value of the countryside. 9,000 children have been given access to farms or learning in school, 4,500 have visited farms in Northern Ireland and more than 250 now have access to a school farm