Bristol based CIC, The Severn Project, uses the production of food as a vehicle to provide education training and employment to socially excluded people. As well as having provided the South West with 200 tons of salad and herbs since 2010, they also support people from challenging backgrounds by providing education, training and employment.

After finding a new location in Wiltshire, The Severn Project CIC turned to crowdfunding to raise £20,000 to launch their new site with a full infrastructure, including irrigation system, agricultural building, road, car park and machinery.

Project owner Steve set up his crowdfunding project and immediately reached out to friends, family and locals; pre-selling products as rewards in exchange for pledges. Steve also contacted local suppliers asking for their support in the new venture and within the first few days, the project raised an impressive £5,000.

With the help of the crowd, and an additional £10,000 +Extra funding pledge from Santander’s Changemaker Fund, this award winning urban farm in Bristol has continued to grow from strength to strength.

Fiona, Supporter of The Severn Project CIC, said, “I visited the Severn Project and was so impressed by the way that they create local quality salads as well as opportunities for people to work and get back to the land. Projects such as this lead the way forward for all cities.”

 

How did Santander support this project?

At Crowdfunder, we work in partnership with local authorities and private sector organisations to provide +Extra funding to the projects that matter and to improve the way in which funds are distributed to projects all over the UK, so that together, we can make more ideas happen.

The Severn Project CIC received an additional £10,000 of funding from Santander’s Changemaker Fund, on top of the funds raised by the crowd. This meant that Steve and his team were able to get the new site open quicker than planned, allowing them to supply even more people with locally-grown, nutrient dense produce and create more employment and training opportunities.

 

• Want to know more about The Severn Project CIC? Visit their Crowdfunder project here.