Apply for a Rural Development Fund grant

The Rural Development Fund offers match-funded grants to parish councils and voluntary and community organisations.

Grants can help towards the cost of one-off projects or purchases which benefit communities in rural parishes.

For full application criteria, download our guidance notes

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, your application must:

  • be from a parish council/community/voluntary/not for profit organisation (including faith organisations when the project or activity benefits the wider community and does not seek to promote religious belief/activity)
  • demonstrate plans to ensure the grant is spent within 12 months of it being allocated
  • be led by (or supported) by a constituted organisation with its own bank account
  • be seeking a maximum grant of £10,000. The percentage of grant the council will contribute towards any project is based on the population of the parish to which the project relates.

How to apply

You can apply for a Rural Development Fund grant by downloading the application form in either PDF or Word format:

Applications must be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 9 April 2018.

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