Crowdfunding: Workshops in Honiton to help community groups raise cash online

Community and voluntary groups interested in crowdfunding can find out how to raise money online at workshops in Honiton.

The events are being staged by East Devon District Council to introduce organisations to the Crowdfund Devon Partnership.

Eligible groups could benefit from £95,000 of crowdfunding available from East Devon District Council.

Additional crowdfunding is available from Devon County Council and from Devon and Cornwall Police as part of the partnership, which uses the Crowdfunder website.

Crowdfunding enables community groups and other not-for-profit organisations, including town and parish councils, to raise money online, all in one place, to make their project happen.

The council says: “People are welcome to attend any or all of the workshops, which are designed to give a basic understanding of the crowdfunding process.”

The timetable for the workshops is as follows:

  • Introduction to crowdfunding – Tuesday, 1 October – 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Putting your project onto the Crowdfunder UK website, this will be more about the how to put it on rather than that detail of what to put on – Thursday, 10 October – 3.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Creating a video for your crowdfunding project – Thursday, 31 October-  3.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Marketing your crowdfunding project using social media – Thursday, 7 November – 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Places on each workshop are limited and must be booked in advance. To book a place, email and state the name of the workshop(s) and how many people will be attending. Spaces are limited to a maximum of three places per organisation.

Groups can put their project onto the Crowdfunder website and start raising money at any time, including from Crowdfund Devon. These workshops are being offered by the council to help people who may not be as used to using the internet, making videos and/or using social media.

Basic principles of crowdfunding

  • A group has an idea for a project. This could be constituted voluntary and community groups, town and parish councils, registered charities, registered community interest companies or constituted not for profit organisations.
  • They fill in a form on the Crowdfunder website and make a simple video giving details about their project. Their idea is published on the online crowdfunding website.
  • They publicise this project and its presence on Crowdfunder as widely as possible. Essentially, they tell their ‘crowd’, which 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 information about the project more widely.
  • If the project reaches its target it receives all the funding that has been pledged to it.

So far East Devon District Council has funded two projects through Crowdfunder. They include:

The Beer Men’s Shed project, which helps the mental health and isolation of men in Beer and the surrounding areas, can now happen. Beer Men’s Shed gets men together from Beer and the surrounding areas in a workshop environment to socialise and make things. This is thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, including a contribution from East Devon District Council of £4,500.

A community waffle house in Axminster, Waffle, has now opened and is serving its community. This is thanks to two successful crowdfunding campaigns, one including a contribution from East Devon District Council of £4,000. Their aim is to create a community owned and run space used to bring the community together to form unlikely friendships from the oldest to the youngest with a particular focus on those who are lonely or isolated.

Councillor Ian Thomas, portfolio holder for Finance at East Devon District Council said: “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to get involved in two very worthy projects so far through Crowdfund East Devon, but we really want to receive more applications and make full use of the money we’ve got available. If you have a project in mind that you think would benefit from crowdfunding, and would like to come along to our workshops, book your place now.”

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