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County Council launches new funding round to help communities

Crowdfund logo Published Monday, 1st February 2021

Worcestershire County Council has launched a new round of funding for charities and organisations to make a real difference in their communities. www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/news

The County Council, along with Malvern and Wychavon district councils, set up Crowdfund Worcestershire as it was keen to build on the success of its Here2Help community campaign. Crowdfund Worcestershire gives residents who have ideas about how to improve their community, the opportunity to gain much needed funding.

So far since the launch of the initiative last summer, over 1,200 residents, businesses and other organisations have come together alongside the council to get behind 41 ideas, with over £200,000 raised across the county. This has included a Dementia meeting centre and a Bicycle-Bus that will help children get to and from school.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, the County Council's Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "We’ve been delighted with the community’s response so far to Crowdfund Worcestershire.

“Now it’s time for the second round of funding and we want to hear from anyone who has an idea so that this wonderful platform can help make it a reality.

“We’re also calling on companies and foundations to join us in offering support - whether funding or in-kind - to the ideas people post on the platform so we can work together to make them a real success. The more people that get involved in Crowdfund Worcestershire, the more amazing places we can create together.”

The County Council has allocated a dedicated fund of £85,000 for projects taking part in the programme, with pledges of up to £20,000 available.

The deadline to submit an idea for the Spring round of funding is April 21st 2021.

The aim of Crowdfund Worcestershire is simple - to gain funding through the UK’s leading civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive.

Anyone is welcome to crowdfund on Spacehive, but to pitch for additional funding, projects should fit one or more of the following themes:

• Food poverty
• Social isolation/befriending
• Return to work
• Maintaining our volunteering offer
• Healthy communities

Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council have both made pots of funding available over three years (across six rounds of funding) to support community transport initiatives. These include the People Make Places: Ticket to Ride Fund which is a total of £150,000 and the Crowdfund WYCHAVON: Ticket to Ride Fund which is a total of £140,000. The funding is now in the second round and the maximum amount pledged to a project will be £50,000 or 50 per cent of the total project costs.

Councillor Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We are so pleased to be able to provide the next round of funding for community transport initiatives across the district. Now, more than ever, is it so important to connect communities and to help reduce isolation for all ages.”

Councillor Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, added: “We hope the funding will provide support for existing initiatives and new, innovative solutions for those who need community transport. I would encourage all organisations to sign up for the project workshop to learn more about funding opportunities.”

Spacehive will also lead a programme of events for anyone who is interested in learning a little bit more or might want to test or discuss ideas that they would like to put forward first. Free online events are taking place on Tuesday March 2nd at 4pm and the Thursday March 11th at 12pm. To take part go to: www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/news

Crowdfund Worcestershire forms part of a new approach to civic planning by the Council which sees crowdfunding as a key channel to involve communities and local organisations in regeneration.

Anyone interested in taking part in the next funding round of Crowdfund Worcestershire, as a funder or to fund a project, visit www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs or email info@spacehive.com.