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FCN receives boost from Prince’s Countryside Fund to help support farming families

Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017


Hard hit rural communities across the UK are being given a helping hand by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, who have announced £670,000 of vital grant support for rural initiatives.

The Fund has announced that it will be supporting 19 projects. New projects include grants to build the resilience of the communities affected by last winter’s devastating floods, including £27,475 funding for the Farming Community Network (FCN).

Lord Curry of Kirkharle, chairman of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said “We are delighted to be able to support such a wide range of innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy in so many rural areas. The next five years are critical for our rural communities and against a background of growing uncertainty, our grant programme provides essential support to people living and working in the countryside.

“Rural communities need to be prioritised. It is easy to forget just how much we depend on rural businesses and family farms. With an ageing rural population and a shortage of new entrants embarking on rural careers, it is vital that we continue to support grassroots initiatives to ensure we maintain a thriving and sustainable future for our rural communities."

Charles Smith, chief executive of The Farming Community Network, said, “We are extremely grateful to the Prince’s Countryside Fund for their continued funding of our work supporting farming families affected by the extreme flooding in Northern England last winter. Their insight into the devastation caused by those events, understanding that their impact continues to blight the lives of many families long after the flood-waters have receded in commendable. Thanks to this funding, the Farming Community Network can remain committed to that work for as long as we are needed”.


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