Crowdfund Portsmouth

The Small Business Fund

Crowdfunder, Portsmouth City Council and Shaping Portsmouth have come together to offer up to £5,000 match-funding for projects benefitting the area of Portsmouth.

If you are a new business startup or an existing SME looking to grow, and you have the support of the people of Portsmouth to back your business development idea, then you may be eligible for our Small Business Grant Scheme. See below for details.

About the fund

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Get up to £5,000

Crowdfund Portsmouth supports new business start-ups, existing SMEs looking to grow and businesses impacted by Covid-19.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.


You may be eligible for a pledge from the Crowdfund Portsmouth fund up to 50% of your crowdfund target (£5,000 maximum pledge).

Before completing your application for matchfunding we ask that you carefully read the Portsmouth City Council terms and conditions Read here

Eligibility Criteria

To receive matchfunding from us, your project must:

  • Be within the city (within postcodes PO1 to PO6)
  • Be formally constituted in the UK, with a bank account
  • Help residents into /closer to employment, or brings economic benefit to the city
  • Priority will be given where the project is for an existing independent, small or medium sized enterprise seeking to grow
  • For applicants applying as a result of Covid-19 - demonstrate how you have been adversely affected by COVID-19. For example, showing evidence of declining cash flow /loss of bookings
  • Demonstrate strong local support, shown through a vibrant crowdfunding campaign
  • Achieve 25% of your crowdfund target, from at least 10 unique backers, before a pledge from Portsmouth City Council is considered
  • If you receive a pledge from Portsmouth City Council and it does not take you to your target, then you must continue crowdfunding until you reach your target in order to collect the pledge from the Council.

Portsmouth City Council (PCC) reserves the right not to fund, or to withdraw funding during a campaign if it becomes apparent that any of the criteria are not being met. PCC also reserves the right to amend this information at any time.

How to apply for this fund

Start by setting up a crowdfunder project, if eligible you will be able to apply 

Start crowdfunding

Projects in Portsmouth

Crowdfunding in 60 seconds

Got a minute to spare? Watch our 'how it works' animation. You'll get a brief overview of how crowdfunding works and what extra support, services and money that only Crowdfunder can give you. 

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How +Extra funding works

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Start a project

Start a new project on Crowdfunder, tell us the basics and a rough outline of your story. Then we can show you funds that you may be eligible for.

Get the word out

Apply for funding

You can then choose to make an application for a relevant fund. If a partner likes your project, they may agree to support it.

Get funded

Start crowdfunding

Start raising money from the crowd and once you reach an agreed percentage of your target, one of our partners could boost your total with a large donation.

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