Cornwall Council are working with Crowdfunder.co.uk to offer Crowdfund Cornwall; an initiative that supports not-for-profit organisations working with local communities down in Cornwall. This +Extra funding opportunity aims to inspire all, including individuals, community groups, charities and businesses, to enhance nature and grow local projects.
On offer are two pots of additional funding, the first being the Grow Nature Seed Fund. If you have a seed of an idea that could help to create more space for nature within your community, then this funding is for you! The council is especially keen to hear from community gardens and orchards from across the county, as these types of projects are proving to be a hit with the crowd.
Bude Community Orchard recently picked up £500 from this fund, and they said, “Thanks so much everyone. You have made this Crowdfunder project a huge success and we’re busy now with planning for getting started! We’ve been down to Neetside, measuring up and digging test pits in preparation for the start of planting. Thanks to the continued generous crowdfunding donations, we’ll be able to set up an event shelter too.”
The second +Extra funding available from Crowdfund Cornwall is The Community Chest Fund, which enables individual Councillors to offer additional funding to projects with a clear and demonstrable benefit to the local community within their particular electoral division. Beach clean project Beach Guardian have recently benefitted from this fund, as well as Lanstephan Play Park.
If you have a similar beach clean or activity park idea for your community in Cornwall, then you too could get it off the ground with the combined support of the crowd and The Community Chest Fund.
Dawn Bebe, Director at Crowdfunder, said, “Cornwall are pioneering some interesting ways of crowdfunding. In an innovative pilot, Cornish Councillors are able to pledge on projects in their ward using Community Chest Funds. It’s a model that we hope to replicate across the UK and we’re delighted to have them on board.”