Matched crowdfunding for heritage projects 

Conserving, sharing and celebrating your heritage, memories and cultures across the UK.

Crowdfunder, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Nesta undertook a  matched crowdfunding pilot to distribute £125,000 of match funding to heritage projects across the country.

Historic sites, places, buildings, cultures and traditions that are beloved of the people in their communities benefitted from the programme.

Nesta undertook in depth research and evaluation as part of the programme, which demonstrated the positive benefits of the crowdfunding process for heritage organisations.

The fund is now closed, no further applications will be accepted. Check out the projects involved below. 

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Successful projects

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Montol 10th anniversary appeal Cornwall

Montol will be held for the 10th time in 2016. We need your support to ensure the festival survives.

Successfully overfunded

  • 128 supporters
  • £4.5k raised
  • 49 days
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The Lost Treasures of St Sidwell's Devon

To restore unique stained glass windows and two statues rescued from the rubble of St Sidwell's during the Exeter Blitz, 75 years ago.

Successfully overfunded

  • 52 supporters
  • £5.5k raised
  • 28 days
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Margate Caves Margate, United Kingdom

We're going to reopen Margate Caves. Before we open, we want to involve local people in a series of events and an archaeological dig.

Successfully overfunded

  • 166 supporters
  • £10.3k raised
  • 42 days
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Coll Hoard Conservation Argyll and Bute

To conserve 13 items of Bronze Age metalwork recently discovered on the RSPB Scotland reserve at Breachacha, Isle of Coll.

Successfully funded

  • 48 supporters
  • £10.9k raised
  • 32 days
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WWI Airedale Monument East Haven, United Kingdom

We are raising money to erect a monument at the East Haven Beach Area in Angus, Scotland in honour of the Airedales that served in WWI.

Successfully overfunded

  • 107 supporters
  • £21.1k raised
  • 35 days
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Save The Sunbathers Greater London

The Sunbathers: help bring a lost piece of the Festival of Britain back home.

Successfully overfunded

  • 237 supporters
  • £19.3k raised
  • 35 days
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Redwing Cornwall

To work towards ensuring the future of Redwing, creating a sustainable alternative arts and community hub in a much-loved historic building.

Successfully funded

  • 14 supporters
  • £40k raised
  • 31 days
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Bring Beavers Back to Cornwall Cornwall

We want to bring beavers back to Cornwall for the first time in 400 years to help reduce flooding and benefit wildlife.

Successfully overfunded

  • 274 supporters
  • £20.2k raised
  • 59 days
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eXXpedition Round Britain 2017 Devon

Circumnavigation of British Isles by sail, trawling for plastics and toxics, raising awareness of ocean plastics pollution in 7 shore stops

Successfully overfunded

  • 169 supporters
  • £15.7k raised
  • 28 days

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Heritage Lottery Fund

Since 1994, Heritage Lottery Fund has invested over £7billion raised by National Lottery players in all sorts of UK heritage projects. We rescue historic buildings from decay, breathe new life into neglected parks and landscapes, and encourage communities to record and celebrate their stories.