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Crowdfund Worcestershire to launch largest ever funding round for local project ideas

Crowdfund Worcestershire logo; including images of Worcester Cathedral and the Malvern Hills. Published Wednesday, 15th June 2022

Worcestershire County Council is hosting an event later this month ahead of Crowdfund Worcestershire launching its largest round of funding.

The event is taking place for potential project creators and funders at Whittington Community Hall on Tuesday 28th June from 10-11.

To secure your spot, please register on the Crowdfund Worcestershire Eventbrite page.

The County Council, along with Malvern Hills and Wychavon district councils, has partnered with crowdfunding platform Spacehive to create Crowdfund Worcestershire.

Crowdfund Worcestershire gives organisations who have ideas to improve their community, the opportunity to gain much needed funding.

So far, Worcestershire County Council has backed 24 successful projects on Spacehive with £97,000. These community groups raised an additional £258,000 from thousands of backers across the county.

This new round of funding will be the largest ever: the County Council has allocated a dedicated fund of £92,000 to encourage local groups to put forward their ideas, with pledges of up to £10,000 available per project. 

Councillor Marcus Hart, the County Council's Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We want to hear from anyone who has an idea so that our crowdfunding platform can be used to help make it a reality.

We’re also calling on companies and foundations to join us in offering support - whether funding through cash pledges or in-kind offers of support- 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 bigger the difference we can create for people and communities across the county.”

The deadline to submit an idea for the next round of funding is 28 September.

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

  • Food and fuel poverty
  • Social isolation and befriending
  • Supporting people into employment
  • Community capacity building e.g. recruiting volunteers, start up costs for groups, pilot activities etc
  • Healthy Communities – activities to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community

Spacehive will 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.

In addition to the launch event, free online workshops for interested organisations are taking place on:

6th July at 6pm Zoom Meeting Invite

14th July at 12 noon Zoom Meeting Invite 

Anyone interested in taking part in the next funding round of Crowdfund Worcestershire, as a funder or to create a project, should visit the Crowdfund Worcestershire pages on the Spacehive website or email support@spacehive.com.