Support is available for rural and farming communities during the coronavirus pandemic. This page provides a summary of the latest information ranging from advice for rural or farming businesses, help for village halls and community buildings to signposting to funding sources for organisations helping rural communities at this time.
Page updated: 18 May 2020 2pm
ACRE are the national voice for rural communities. Find out what they have been doing to help here.
We are a member of the ACRE network. ACRE has asked us, as well as all members of the network, to keep them posted of any problems that occur due to the lifting of coronavirus restrictions for the rural communities we support, particular in tourism hotspots. If you have any concerns or points you want to raise please get in touch email@example.com. In the meantime, read ACRE’s blog on the lifting of restrictions.
Guidance for village halls and community buildings
Respecting working farms: North Yorkshire County Council is urging people to keep to public footpaths and not put working farms at risk by walking across them.
Rural Response Emergency Grants from the Prince’s Countryside Fund: a £2.5K grant is available for farming and rural community support groups, who are helping to counter the effects of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic
Village halls and community buildings can apply for a £10k Small Business Grant payment if they are receiving either Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system.