Backing Bella 2021

by Bella Caledonia in Leith Docks, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 9th April 2021 we successfully raised £31,987 with 815 supporters in 28 days

We are asking for: £30,000 to support us to continue to develop independent journalism. All funds to go to our freelance writers.

by Bella Caledonia in Leith Docks, Scotland, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

If we were successful with our stretch target we plan to create a new media co-operative.


Since 2007 we've been developing a platform for new writers, expanding a space for independent media, countering disinformation and supporting the campaign for independence.

  • We've built a reputation for high-quality independent writing and critical thinking that speaks to and is read by people across Scotland and beyond
  • We publish daily and support freelance journalists, writers, and artists
  • In the lockdown we've been supporting musicians and performers whose careers have been undermined and produced content to try and help us all get through this
  • We believe that renewing, reclaiming and re-imagining the media is a key part of the democratic revolution that’s taking hold in Scotland and beyond
  • We are an ad-free space, with no corporate backers and no paywall. We are entirely reader-funded. If you value independent media we need your support. 

We are asking for:

  • £30,000 to support us to continue to develop independent journalism
  • All funds to go to our freelance writers and artists
  • Continue a rich mix of political analysis and cultural content
  • Support Lorna Miller - the UK's only woman weekly cartoonist
  • Support our regular columnists and arts and culture editors
  • Expand our content to include our new podcast and investigative journalism

We are committed to:

Free and independent journalism and information equality:

  • We've created a space for hundreds of new writers. Check out some of them here.
  • Campaigning for Scottish independence and social and environmental justice.

Other Ways You Can Help

Lots of us are skint because of the coronavirus. If you can't contribute, please share the campaign in your own networks - on Facebook, on Instagram, on Twitter.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

108 of 300 claimed

Bella Badge Reward

Bella Badge -

£20 or more

116 of 500 claimed


Limited edition postcard by Lorna Miller

£40 or more

64 of 500 claimed


Limited edition Bella poster

£100 or more

32 of 500 claimed

Bella Anthology

An anthology of some of the finest writing from Bella Caledonia from 2007-2021.

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