Devon County Council continues to support community projects through Crowdfund Devon

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Posted on: 10 October 2019

Devon County Council (DCC) has helped various community projects and groups to reach their fundraising targets through the Crowdfund Devon pilot; helping them raise over £80,000.

DCC has contributed over £11,000 to individual projects, to help them to respond to key issues that matter to them locally.

The main aim of the initiative is to support local projects that aim to make communities stronger, more connected, active, safer and more inclusive; helping communities to have more control and achieve the things that matter most to them, in ways that they choose.

The online platform, run by Crowdfunder, allows community groups and projects to easily set-up an online project and coordinate their fundraising activity in one place. It also makes their project accessible to more people, trusts and corporate bodies that invest in community projects.

There are online guides and resources to help those new to crowdfunding which guide them through the key steps to making the most of this fundraising approach.

It also gives communities access to additional, discretionary funding via Crowdfund Devon, which includes Devon County Council’s Community Chest scheme as well as funds from Devon and Cornwall Police, Exeter City Council and five Devon District/Borough Councils (South Hams, West Devon, Torridge, Teignbridge and East Devon). The added advantage of the scheme is that projects only have to complete one application form to all of these bodies.

There are a variety of projects that have benefited from additional funding available through Crowdfund Devon in 2019 from environmental foundations, aiming to protect Devon’s natural landscape, to mental health and wellbeing charities.

Projects that have benefited this year include, The North Devon Biosphere Foundation’s project ‘Pledge for Nature’, which will encourage grass roots participation in conservation in the area to protect the Biosphere Reserve for future generations.

Café Therapy is another successful project, which will provide a supportive space for people facing the challenge of a disability. They want to trial monthly group meetings which will offer a friendly setting for people to get information, listen to guest speakers and participate in group exercise classes.

The Pelican Project also reached its funding target and provides creative opportunities for young people with disabilities. The funding will help with the cost associated with running the three weekly groups.

The Ordinary Extraordinary Festival 2019, a collaborative arts project which helps young people with learning disabilities develop a 2-day inclusive arts festival in October 2019 also benefited.

As did Pete’s Dragons, an organisation that supports those who have been affected by suicide. The funding will be used to provide practical advice as well as emotional support to more people across Devon.

Further information about all the projects that have benefited from extra funding from Crowdfund Devon can be found on Devon County Council’s profile on Crowdfunder.

Cllr John Hart sat at a desk

Cllr John Hart

Devon County Council leader John Hart said: “It is good to see that such a broad range of community groups have benefited from the Crowdfund Devon initiative since it began last year. I am particularly glad that we as a council are contributing additional funding to help these organisations achieve their targets.

“It is important to us as a council that community funding is easily accessible. Whilst Crowdfund Devon is an incredibly positive initiative, we recognise that it doesn’t suit all projects. There are also other funds available through a range of grants and schemes for projects that will benefit communities in the county.”

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Cabinet Member for Communities, said of the projects: “Undoubtedly, local groups and projects, such as those supported by us through Crowdfund Devon, are doing vital work to actively engage local people and help tackle important issues such as isolation, loneliness and mental wellbeing.”

“These issues affect such a broad spectrum of people in today’s society and Crowdfund Devon gives local communities the helping hand they need to help themselves to remain resilient and connected.”

For more information about the grants available visit Devon County Council’s page explaining the different types of funding and how to access them.

For more information about Crowdfund Devon visit its Crowdfunder page.

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