We work in partnership with 20 councils to improve and transform the way in which funds are distributed to community projects all over the UK. Our newest local authority partner, Cornwall Council, are on a mission to support their community and make great ideas grow, and they have just made their first pledges on two local projects.
Crowdfund Cornwall supports initiatives that are working with local communities in Cornwall. With their two different funds currently on offer, Grow Nature Seed Fund and the Community Chest Fund, they are looking to inspire individuals, community groups, charities and businesses to grow local projects and also to enhance nature in the county.
From the seed of an idea, nature can grow, and the Grow Nature Seed Fund intends to support small-scale projects in Cornwall that will help to create more space for nature in local communities. With the desire to transform the local area for both wildlife and people, the first pledge from this fund has been made to Bude Community Orchard, who received an additional £500 in match-funds towards creating their community orchard. The orchard will provide an area where people can get together to enjoy the space and lots of apple-based activities!
Crowdfund Cornwall is also offering the truly innovative Community Chest Fund, which consists of individual Councillors offering match-funding to projects with a clear and demonstrable benefit to the local community within their particular electoral division. With the intention to inspire individuals, groups, charities and businesses in Cornwall to enhance the local community, increase resilience and support vulnerable people, the first pledge has been made to Lanstephan Area Play Park from local Councillor, Adam Paynter, Launceston North. This match fund will contribute to the total sum raised through the Crowdfunder project, enabling the community in Launceston to provide a new see-saw for toddlers in the community play park.
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.”
You can read more about Crowdfund Cornwall here.
Our collaboration with local authorities to offer the unique opportunity to unlock match funds once a certain amount of support has been raised from the public (or what we like to call, the Crowd), reflects our mission to transform how grants are being distributed throughout the UK. It provides a much faster and more efficient method to fund those projects that sit within the community’s interest, and particularly the projects that may not normally apply for a grant, or may not have been selected by a panel of decision makers. It’s transparent decision making with the public’s interest at its heart.
You can read more about the impact of match funding here.
By collaborating with local authorities, it means that we can enable the projects that truly matter to secure the funds that they need to make their ideas happen – it’s a match made in heaven.