Crowdfund Cotswold searching for projects that need funding
By Laura Enfield | 25th August 2023
Now is the time for Cotswold residents with an idea for improving their community to ask for the cash they need.
Cotswold District Council is inviting submissions for the latest funding round of Crowdfund Cotswold.
The deadline is Wednesday, September 13 and ideas for projects of any size are welcome.
Projects chosen are listed on the Spacehive website and anyone can pledge from as little as £2. Those that show successful community backing can bid for up to £10,000 from the council to further help fund their community project.
The council launched the scheme in 2021 in partnership with crowdfunding platform Spacehive and to date it has raised more than £610,000 for 32 projects across the district.
They include pledges totalling £103,248 for a new skate park for Fairford and £15,247 to establish a volunteer search and rescue team in the Cotswolds.
Cllr Lisa Spivey, cabinet member for communities and public safety, said: "Crowdfund Cotswold is a platform where local ideas can take root and blossom into transformative projects that benefit everyone, from innovative wildflower projects to reduce car speeds in rural villages; to inspiring projects such as Cotswold Friends independent living and connecting community schemes which support older people to live independently at home for longer.
"Every idea is welcomed and celebrated. Crowdfund Cotswold is a testament to the community spirit of our residents and local groups and it's incredible to see our communities come together to support so many projects. We're excited to see what new proposals emerge in the next round of applications. ."
Projects must be local and serve a community purpose and can be anything from creating a street mural or community garden, to more ambitious ideas such as hosting large community events or feasibility studies.
Any type of organisation or individual can submit an idea and advice is available for those who need help formulating their idea.
If you miss the September deadline, project submissions are accepted all year round.
For more information and to submit a project proposal visit spacehive.com/movement/cc
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