Crowdfund Devon Pilot – Councils to support crowdfunded community projects
Posted on: 2 July 2018
Devon Councils and Devon and Cornwall Police are launching a pilot scheme to help raise finance for local community projects.
Devon County, West and Teignbridge District Councils, Exeter City Council and the Police, are all working with Crowdfunder, to build opportunities for community groups to bid for finance to help local projects get off the ground.
The pilot partnership will be called Crowdfund Devon.
Crowdfunding is a way of raising money from people who are happy to donate it to good causes, or it’s given in return for some sort of reward later on. It’s an idea that has grown in popularity each year, along with other alternative ways of raising cash.
Collectively, Devon’s councils already give thousands of pounds each year to support community groups and to help kick-start local projects that make a positive difference for residents. The Crowdfund Devon pilot partnership will enable the County Council, West, Teignbridge and Exeter City Councils and the Police, to explore crowdfunding as an alternative way to support communities and to see if bringing together their funds with those of the public and other funders will make a greater impact; making the things that matter locally a reality for more communities.
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Communities Cabinet Member, said:
“We already do a lot to financially support local projects and local groups, to help pay for equipment, improvements, and to help get local projects off the ground. Those groups also usually need to raise finance from other sources to support their ideas. By bringing these applications for funding into the one platform, Crowdfund Devon will be the place where projects can be brought to the public’s attention in order to attract donations, and the authorities with discretionary community budgets can also choose to support bids with match-funding.”
Crowdfund Devon is set to launch this month, July 2018, with an event at Devon County Council’s County Hall, Exeter on the 12 July to which community groups and interested members of the public are invited to find out more about how the crowdfunding scheme will work. To book a place visit the Eventbrite website.
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