Could your community group benefit from crowdfunding?

EAST Devon’s community and voluntary groups, as well as not for profit organisations, could benefit from £95,000 of crowdfunding from East Devon District Council.

In addition, a large amount of county-wide crowdfunding is available from Devon County Council and from Devon and Cornwall Police as part of the Crowdfund Devon partnership, which uses the Crowdfunder website welcome.crowdfunder.co.uk/crowdfund-devon/

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.

Anyone involved with a not for profit group can find out more about crowdfunding, at free introductory workshops, which are being run by East Devon District Council in Honiton. People are welcome to attend any or all of the following workshops, which are designed to give a basic understanding of the crowdfunding process:

  • Introduction to crowdfunding – Tuesday, October 1, 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, October 10, 3.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Creating a video for your crowdfunding project – Thursday, October 31, 3.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Marketing your crowdfunding project using social media – Thursday, November 7, 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Places on each workshop are limited and must be booked in advance. To book a place please email crowdfund@eastdevon.gov.uk stating 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 anytime, 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.

The basic principles of crowdfunding are as follows:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The crowd pledges cash to the project, and shares information about the project more widely.
  5. 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, including the Beer Men’s Shed project, which helps the mental health and isolation of men in Beer and the surrounding areas, and a community waffle house in Axminster, which has now opened and is serving its community.

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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About Francesca Evans 1764 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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