Our current funding themes and some examples of the projects we fund are:
Heritage & Conservation
Heritage conservation and restoration projects at places of worship. We are interested in funding non-capital projects which improve the fabric of buildings for the benefit of local communities. Some of the projects we have funded have included the restoration of a church window and conservation of a cemetery wall.
We welcome applications from organisations that seek to deliver education and training projects outside of The Prince’s Trust scope and age-range including support for people with special educational needs. PWCF has funded beekeeping apprenticeships through the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, as well as tertiary education in Zambia with Zambia Orphans of AIDS (UK)
Health & Wellbeing
Community projects and initiatives which support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of people with disabilities or life limiting illnesses in disadvantaged communities. We would consider applications for respite care, young carers and complementary therapies. In Scotland, PWCF awarded funds to Erskine Hospital, which were spent on the purchase of appropriate personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. An award to BIGKID in London encouraged girls from disadvantaged communities to improve their health and fitness through football.
Community and art projects that aim to relieve poverty, loneliness and other social issues or support the welfare of the elderly, veterans and interfaith cohesion. PWCF supported Streetwise Opera, a Nottingham-based initiative which provides weekly performing arts workshops to those who are at risk of homelessness. The Good Companions befriending scheme was awarded funds through the PWCF COVID-19 Recovery Fund, and helped vulnerable people through lockdown by delivering care packages and regular phone conversations.
Community environmental projects (including the circular economy), economic sustainability initiatives and conservation of the natural environment. PWCF supported the Friends of Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to collect data on local biodiversity and facilitate wildlife workshops. Larger organisations such as the Atlantic Salmon Trust have also been awarded funds by the Fund.
Most of the projects we fund in support of the fabric of the countryside is administered by The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF), a subsidiary of PWCF. PCF is committed to creating a sustainable future for the British countryside. PCF provides grants to support rural communities alongside business training, bespoke support for farmers and practical workshops on the environment. PWCF will consider supporting projects that are not currently supported by PCF, such as Rural Support’s ‘Across the Hedgerow’ programme, which connects isolated older men in rural areas across Northern Ireland.
Across all of these funding themes, we are particularly interested in projects in deprived communities across the four nations: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In addition, PWCF is keen to support organizations that are able to demonstrate that the project/activity would support a diverse community or group of beneficiaries. Applicants are encouraged to share their commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) by uploading a copy of their EDI policy their funding application.