The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund

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The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund (PWCF) awards approximately £3 million to a range of charitable causes annually. It was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1979, and is registered as The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation (formerly known as The Prince's Charities Foundation).


PWCF operates as a grant making organisation that supports a wide range of causes across six key themes:

  • Heritage and Conservation
  • Education
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Inclusion
  • Environment
  • Countryside

The Fund operates a small grants programme, which is open all year round and awards grants of up to £5,000 to not-for-profit organisations across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. In addition, the Fund supports its strategic partners through a major grants programme, furthering the charitable objectives of the Prince of Wales.[1]


  • Inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales's values of harmony and sustainability, PWCF aims through its grant making and other charitable activities to transform lives and build sustainable communities, thereby maximising charitable impact.
  • This is achieved locally through supporting causes such as community projects, nationally through grants to charities such as The Prince's Trust, Soil Association and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and globally through awards to charities operating across the Commonwealth.


  • Sir Ian Cheshire (Chairman)
  • Mr. Clive Alderton CVO
  • Dame Julie Moore DBE
  • Louise Casey, Baroness Casey of Blackstock DBE
  • Ms. Kristin Rechberger
  • The Hon. Mrs Sarah Jane Butler-Sloss


Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)[edit]

Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) encourages the responsible business community to recognise the benefits of considering the environment and wider society as part of their day-to-day business decisions; and establish a global framework for integrated corporate reporting. It has three main aims; to inspire finance leaders, transform financial decision making and to scale up action in order to transition into a sustainable economy. A4S gained charitable status in 2021.[2]

The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF)[edit]

The Prince's Countryside Fund works towards creating a sustainable future for the UK countryside. It supports family farmers and rural communities through grant making and training programmes, such as the Farm Resilience Programme, which provides free business skills training to family farmers. Over the past decade, the PCF has invested more than £10 million in over 400 projects, helping to empower rural communities across the UK.[3]

The Fund is also active in helping new entrants into farming and rural enterprise, and aims to provide young people with the skills they need to ensure that the countryside remains a living, breathing place for farmers in the future.

Duchy Originals Ltd[edit]

Duchy Originals Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Foundation. It was set up as a company by the Prince of Wales in 1990, and is one of the largest organic food brands in the UK. Duchy Originals focuses on good food, good farming and good causes in a ‘virtuous circle’. The Duchy Organics range is sold exclusively through Waitrose.[4] Each year, the royalties from the range are donated to PWCF and distributed to not-for-profit organisations through grants programmes. Last year, Duchy Originals donated £3.4 million to PWCF.[5]

The Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania[edit]

The Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania continues to work with partners to deliver architectural, heritage preservation, farming and sustainable development projects across Romania.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Funding themes". The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  2. ^ "A4S aims". Accounting for Sustainability Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  3. ^ "Our impact". The Prince's Countryside Fund. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  4. ^ "Waitrose & Partners". Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  5. ^ The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation Trustees' Report and Consolidated Statutory Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2020, p. 14.[1]
  6. ^ "Our subsidiaries". The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund. Retrieved 2021-10-04.

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