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

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.

13 comments on “Crowdfund Devon Pilot – Councils to support crowdfunded community projects

  1. Gill Gould says:


    I am the coordinator of a voluntary patient support group – supporting isolated and vulnerable people in the Kingskerswell area and would like further information on this initiative. Would somebody be able to contact me ?

  2. Briony Enright says:

    Hi there,

    I would like more information on the application process too please.

    Many Thanks..

  3. Jez Taylor says:

    Hi, we also missed the workshop but are very interested in the scheme. Could you pass on my details please. Regards Jez Taylor, Crediton Youth Theatre.

  4. Andrea Wood says:

    I was unable to attend the Eventbrite meeting. How can I get information on applying? I am a trustee of a youth charity in Exeter.

  5. Lin Harding says:

    This sounds a brilliant idea – as Councillors will be able to see the groups who are requesting funding, I am sure they get bombarded with requests for funding from many good causes and this would benefit all involved. Unfortunately I am not able to attend the launch on 12 July, but would be very interested on receiving information on how to get involved and be included on the charities / community groups list. Also the ‘small print’ to enable us to comply with the various requirements.

  6. Trevor Philpott OBE says:

    An excellent proposal which local people can feel directly involved with. The Veterans Change Partnership and Support Hub would be pleased to support and to become involved with.

  7. Jim Rider says:

    What an excellent initiative and I wish it every success. We contributed to a mental health Crowdfund request last year in East Devon and within a month around £7,000 had been raised and a company doubled that. It certainly works and I am sure useful community projects will benefit.

  8. Jenny Ingram says:

    Will the donations be subject to the 8% in fees that Crowdfunder charges?

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