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Trust opens grant for flood recovery

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

BAD WEATHER: The winter soaking has prompted support from the Prince's Trust. Picture: Richard Howe

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ORGANISERS of the Prince's Countryside Fund have made three quarters of a million pounds available to help rural communities recover from the wettest winter on record.

There is more than a month left to apply for work that will improve rural services, enterprises, farming businesses and training opportunities for young people.

Fund director Dawn Howard said: "We are looking for innovative ideas of how to assist the recovery and nurture the resilience of rural communities.

"The countryside has faced some real hardships in recent years and the grants are available to redress the balance and get rural businesses, farmers and communities back on their feet and flourishing.

"This year, we have additional funds to help regions affected by the recent and severe flooding.

"We are actively seeking applications from organisations that are supporting victims of flooding or working on projects focused on recovery and resilience in rural areas.

"One of the most devastating consequences of flooding is the length of time it takes to recover and we're looking to help farms and businesses cope with the long term consequences."

The Prince's Countryside Fund will open for applications until Thursday, April 24.

To find out more about the people The Prince's Countryside Fund has helped, or learn more about what the countryside does for you, visit www.princescountrysidefund. org.uk.

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