Grants of up to £50,000 are on offer to charities and social enterprises to help fund projects that will improve the prospects of family farms or help to sustain rural areas.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund has made a total of £600,000 available and says it is particularly keen to get applications from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Claire Saunders, PCF director, said farmers and rural businesses continued to face huge challenges, so the support offered by the fund was needed more than ever.
“Many of our grants aim to support projects that help farmers improve their skills and confidence, whether they are new entrants to the industry or run established businesses,” she said.
“We have also seen the devastating effect that the closure of a shop or pub can have to village life, removing both vital amenities and places for social interaction.”
Since the fund was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, it has helped over 220 projects throughout the UK.
Examples include a grant for the Farmer Network in Cumbria, allowing it to provide training vouchers to farmers in the local area, and support for a community shop in Shropshire.
Grant applications opened on Monday 4 September and will close at 5pm on Thursday 5 October.
Applications received after this time will not be considered.