Ottery and Budleigh community crowdfund projects benefit from district council cash boosts

East Devon community crowdfunding projects in Ottery St Mary and Budleigh Salterton have benefitted from £10,000 from the district council.

Budleigh Community Workshop Trust (BCWT) and The Coleridge Memorial Trust were this month awarded the cash by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) community grant panel in a bid to help the causes achieve their crowdfunding targets.

EDDC said it still has £80,000 available to East Devon community crowdfund projects and welcomes applications for grants of up to £10,000.

The Budleigh Community Workshop Trust project, which raised more than £50,000 through crowdfunding to buy the town’s former fire station, to set up a community wellbeing venture, received £4,867 from Crowdfund East Devon.

The Coleridge Memorial Trust, in Ottery, is fundraising for a life-size statue of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, born in the town in 1772.

Through crowdfunding, the team raised more than £20,000 towards their project, which included £5,160 from Crowdfund East Devon.

Councillor Jack Rowland, chair of the community grants panel said: “We were pleased to be able to support these two projects where they had already raised considerable amounts of money via crowdfunding, as they met the criteria to apply for a grant from the specific budget held by East Devon District Council.

“We wish both projects every success in their work to make the projects a reality.”

Bill McDermott, BCWT chairman, who last week celebrated when the town won a sealed bid to buy the former fire station for the town, said: “A big thank you to EDDC for helping us over the line with their generous donation to our Crowdfunder campaign to raise £50,000 toward the purchase of the Budleigh fire station.”

Mike Ferguson Coleridge Memorial Trust spokesman and Crowdfunding campaign manager, thanked everyone who had donated to the cause.

He said: “The Coleridge Memorial Trust is delighted to have reached its Crowdfunder target of £20,000 with the significant and welcome support from East Devon District Council.”

To find out more about crowdfunding and grants available from East Devon District Council see here.

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