Administered by Herefordshire Community Foundation


In 2015 the Herefordshire Community Foundation took on the management of funds that were originally raised by the Herefordshire Proficiency Test Committee (HPTC). These are now being used to support a county wide training fund that is named after the late Jack Hughes, the founder of Herefordshire PTC, who did so much work in ensuring that training skills were accessible and available to the farming community in Herefordshire and in particular for young farmers.

The programme is available for farmers, aged over 40.

It will specifically provide funds to support those who require:

  • retraining or upskilling as they are leaving the industry.
  • training to support a new farm diversification enterprise.
  • training or business support for succession planning.

Funding will also be available for the following courses:

  • Safe use of pesticides – PA1, PA2, PA6.
  • Rodent control on farms.
  • Emergency first aid.
  • Food safety (Basic food hygiene).
  • Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross Cutting (CS30).

The Jack Hughes Fund will fund 70% of the cost of training up to a maximum of £200. Funding will be limited to one family member per annum.

The project will not support training retrospectively and places will be limited. Funding must be approved before the start of training. 

The funding is easy to access but please be aware that it will be paid after training is completed so you will need to fund the cost initially.

  1. Select which course you would like to go on and book a place on it.
  2. 2
    Complete the form below with all the details.
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    Applications will be reviewed on the last Monday of January, March, May, July, September, November.
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    You will receive notification of whether your application has been successful within two weeks of the review meeting. If your funding has been approved you will be able to reclaim part of your costs limited to £200 per person or up to 70% of the cost of the training.
  5. 5
    To receive your money you will need to submit your certificate and a copy of the relevant invoice.
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    Once this has been received you will receive a BACS payment reimbursing you.



Let us know how we can get in touch. And how we pay you by BACS, if your application is successful.

The training course details

We need an idea of the training course. And why you wish to take it.

More information?

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