The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) opened this week to applications from organisations and charities that are helping to secure the future of the British countryside.

For the September to October round, the charity is looking to fund up to £600,000 in worthwhile rural initiatives.

The maximum amount of funding for single projects is £50,000.

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In particular, for agriculture the fund is seeking to finance projects that will help new entrants or farmers of the future improve their skills.

This could be initiatives that provide training opportunities and apprenticeship schemes that “inspire and enable new entrants to consider a career in farming”.

Helen Aldis, PCF manager, said: “We are looking for projects that will have a long-term, positive effect on rural communities and enterprise, helping the people who care for our countryside and make it tick.”

Since its inception in 2010, the charity has given £4.4m in grants distributed to 105 projects across the country, directly benefiting 80,000 people.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 23 October 2014.

To apply for funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund please complete the online application form at www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk.

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