Inspired by thriving rural communities

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inspired by our vision of thriving family farms and rural communities, encouraged and recognised for their role in creating a sustainable future for the countryside and our whole nation. We are proud to be the only UK-wide charity empowering family farms and rural communities to ensure their future and you can support us in this mission by becoming a Friend at

Grant support for rural communities

The Prince’s Countryside Fund remains one of very few funders focused on rural communities across the UK. Our experience shows that, by working with local organisations, we can help to address the challenges faced by those who live and work in rural areas.

Supporting Rural Communities is our flagship grant programme, awarding £500,000 each year to power community-led solutions that enhance the viability and sustainability of rural communities. Grants are for a maximum of £25,000 over two years, and applicants must be from properly constituted, not for profit organisations with an income of less than £500,000. We support projects taking places in villages and towns in rurally isolated areas, where access to services is limited.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s Spring 2023 grant round will open on 7th March and close on 11th April. To find out more, please visit:

The Great Grazing Guide

The Prince’s Countryside Fund and McDonald’s UK & Ireland launched their new publication, The Great Grazing Guide at the Oxford Farming Conference.

The Great Grazing Guide looks at a number of activities and techniques that farmers can adopt to help save money, including:

  • How healthy soil can improve pasture and forage, and how famer’s can improve their soil
  • How to make the most of farmyard manure and slurry to improve grazing and save money on concentrate feed, and how to most effectively use artificial fertiliser
  • How to get the most out of pasture, through the use of herbal leys and techniques such as rotational grazing

The publication of the guide is in response to the high increase in input costs, notably fertiliser prices, that the UK farming industry has experienced over the past year, and looks at a range of techniques and methods, including those from regenerative and grazing management techniques.

Read the guide here:


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