Family farms

British farming is facing relentless uncertainty, but The Royal Countryside Fund offers family farms access to immediate, local and practical support and a path to a sustainable future.

Since 2010, we’ve supported British farmers, and their families, through a number of grants, programmes, and initiatives. In order to build on this work effectively, we are keen to demonstrate its impact and outcomes.

Our Farm Resilience Programme

Since 2016, the Farm Resilience Programme has supported nearly 1000 farming families to improve their business performance and make real changes on farm. In 2021, we commissioned ADAS to undertake an independent evaluation of the programme’s first four years, which found that the Farm Resilience Programme delivers significant economic, social, and environmental benefits for farmers.

Evaluation of the FRP

Through a series of surveys, interviews, and analysis ADAS’s evaluation found that the Farm Resilience Programme delivers significant economic, social, and environmental benefits for farmers.

Read the report

Listen to Lizzie’s experience of the Farm Resilience Programme

This video was produced when we were The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

Farm Support Groups

Since 2010, the RCF has championed the work of Farm Support Groups; firstly, through our grants programmes, and since 2019 through our new Farm Support Group Initiative. These local networks are vital sources of support for their farming communities, acting as trusted sources of advice, and providing a friendly listening ear. Led by our Farm Support Coordinator, the Initiative helps these incredible organisations to better collaborate and share knowledge, best practice, and advice with each other.

Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, we have also been able to create a National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups. Read it here.

Over £
invested in Farm Support Groups
grants awarded
Farm Support Groups in our network
meetings annually to share learning and advice

National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups

The directory lists regional, national and membership organisations which can provide support, advice and guidance to farming and rural communities. It also signposts to support for farmers in crisis.

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