£100,000 available for community projects in East Devon

Community projects and voluntary groups in East Devon have the chance to net a share of more than £100,000 of crowdfunding cash.

The district council has made the six-figure sum available for not-for-profit organisations – and is holding an event for anyone interested to find out more.

The ‘Introduction to Crowdfunding’ session takes place at the authority’s Blackdown House HQ in Honiton on Thursday, August 1, from 4.30pm to 6pm.

The £100,000-plus available from East Devon District Council (EDDC) is in addition to a large amount of funding from the county council and police – which form the Crowdfund Devon partnership.

This works in partnership with the website Crowdfunder to provide opportunities to community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

Councillor Ian Thomas, EDDC’s portfolio holder for finance, said: “We’re excited to be part of Crowdfund Devon. It’s a way to help our communities support each other and help great projects happen.

“It will make the limited money we have as a council go further and go towards projects that the community and crowd themselves feel are most important.

“There’s support to help you through the process of crowdfunding, so don’t delay, come along to our workshop and find out more.”

Groups can put their project onto the Crowdfunder website and start raising money if they:

  • Have an idea for a project. This applies to constituted voluntary and community groups, town and parish councils, registered charities, and registered community interest companies, constituted not for profit organisations;
  • Complete a form on a crowdfunding website and make a simple video giving details about their project. Their idea is published on the online crowdfunding website;
  • Publicise the project and its presence on the crowdfunding website as widely as possible; they tell their ‘crowd’. The crowd can include the local community, visitors, businesses, users of the service, local and national organisations and funders, East Devon District Council, Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police;
  • The ‘crowd’ pledges cash to the project, and shares the project more widely.

If the project reaches its target, it receives all the funding that has been pledged to it.

To book your place at the ‘Introduction to Crowdfunding’ event, email crowdfund@eastdevon.gov.uk. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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