The Prince’s Countryside Fund gives grants to projects that help support the people who care for the UK countryside.
Supported by a unique collaboration of businesses working together to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy, the Fund awards grants of up to £50,000 to projects that are tackling one of five key issues:
- Improving service provision in rural areas
- Supporting rural enterprise
- Supporting farming businesses
- Providing training opportunities for young people
- Educating people about the value of the countryside
In January 2013 Land Rover embarked on a three-year partnership with The Prince's Countryside Fund to offer five bursaries to individuals or groups who can demonstrate how the use of a Freelander 2 for a year would enable them to support their rural community. This Land Rover Bursary serves to award the rising stars of rural Britain and recognise their efforts to revitalise British countryside communities.
Each Land Rover bursary winner benefits from the loan of a Land Rover Freelander 2 for a year, to enable them to establish or grow their businesses. The winners will document their progress and the positive effect winning the bursary has had on their business and their wider community. The Freelander 2, and the rest of the Land Rover family, is the natural choice for those who live and work in the Countryside, offering true capability and versatility to tackle all weather and terrain.
Winning projects include sheep farming, a rural broadband connection organisation and support for the Young Farmers Association, benefiting communities across the UK from Cornwall to Scotland.
Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK said: "Our agricultural industry is central to the UK economy and as a British manufacturer we realise the support needed to not only improve the sustainability of farming and rural communities but to encourage young people to want to be an integral part of the future of the British countryside. We are committed over the next three years to help HRH Prince Charles and The Prince's Countryside Fund reach these goals."