We're a funding platform for projects that make local places better.

How it works

We connect great project ideas to the people, councils, companies and grant-makers ready and willing to fund them.

Spacehive provides a single portal where people with project ideas can build support from their community, ensure their plans are viable, pitch for funding from the crowd and our partners at the same time, and share the impact they've created.

For the councils, companies and grant makers that partner with Spacehive it's a powerful way to attract, support, and showcase projects they love.

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Post an idea

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Crowdfund

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Attract grants

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Make an impact

Since our launch in 2012


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What makes us different?


At Spacehive we're all about places, spaces and communities. Always have been. Which means we know all there is to know about getting them funded.

Over the years, we've had people say pretty nice things about us. In fact, we've even won an award or seven. But ultimately what makes us different is that we really, really care.

We'll arm you with the tools you need to get things done and support you every step of the way as you do it. We're the shoulder to lean on, the ear to bend and when you're jumping for joy when you finally hit your target we'll be the hand you need to turn a weird wave into a killer high five.

We are Spacehive. Funding local projects differently - since 2012.

Our Founder's story

Our Team

Based in London, our small and dedicated team combines rich experience, passion and seriously bad-ass skills to empower the people who want to create and fund projects that make local places better. Sound like your kind of people? Join us

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Our Journey

The UK's largest grantmaker partners with us
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation launches a £200k fund on Spacehive
3 months ago
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£2million of funding available
Some serious funds available from Spacehive partners including Growing a Greener Britian, GLL and the LifeSkills with Barclays
4 months ago
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Spacehive’s civic crowdfunding is transparent, with people able to follow the progress of projects and see who is supporting them. It has already begun changing the dynamics between government, businesses and citizens
Urban Design Journal
5 months ago
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Peckham Lido hits the record for highest number of backers
£63,106 is raised by 1085 backers including local celebrities James Norton and Katy B as well as the Mayor of London
5 months ago
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200 successful projects
Including the Peckham Coal Line, the York Arts Barge and and the Sunderland student garden project
5 months ago
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Spachive's first live Pitch and Pledge event at City Hall
Where the Mayor of London pledged live to twenty community crowdfunding projects from across London
6 months ago
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£5million raised by our projects
Amazing!
6 months ago
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Spacehive fosters meaningful and successful collaboration between different groups and sectors, which has a multitude of benefits for everyone involved. The local community group gets the funding it needs, businesses get the opportunity to realise their corporate social responsibility and the local community benefits from a newly-improved amenity. It’s the start of a truly exciting adventure
Jules Pipe, the Mayor of Hackney
1 year ago
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£3million raised by our projects
Woohoo!
1 year ago
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100 successful projects
Including the Liverpool Flyover, the Brixton Bolt and the Shuffle Festival
1 year ago
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£2million raised by projects
Success!
1 year ago
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The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, hails the rise of civic crowdfunding saying Spacehive has the potential to transform communities .
2 years ago
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The Mayor of London becomes a partner
Civic crowdfunding kicks off across the capital
2 years ago
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Luke Jerram’s superb water slide project had a tremendously positive impact both locally and globally. Spacehive was vital in enabling this to happen, giving people the choice to support this amazing one-off project
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol
2 years ago
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Bristol waterslide hit its target
Spacehive's 35th project raised £5,650 from 532 backers. Over 100,000 people applied to slide down the plastic flume on city's main high street and the social media frenzy reached nearly a billion people around the world.
2 years ago
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Manchester becomes a partner
Exciting projects Ancoats Dispensary, Roman Gardens and Stevenson Square get funded!
2 years ago
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Palace Gates, Spacehive's smallest project, hits its target!
It raised £90 from 13 backers
3 years ago
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£1million raised by our projects
Woo!
3 years ago
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10 successful projects
Including cage cricket, community gardens and an art installation in a phone booth
3 years ago
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It’s great to see creative ideas to improve our civic environment finding a forum through Spacehive for funding and exposure where the public can vote directly with its wallet
Kevin McCloud, presenter of Grand Designs and backer of Spacehive project Loop De Loop
3 years ago
Experian join us an official partner
And bring with them a £200K fund for Spacehive projects
4 years ago
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Spacehive is a powerful delivery mechanism that allows people to really grow support for projects at a grass roots level and get all of the community involved in making things happen
Sir Ian Botham, former England cricket captain and supporter of Spacehive project Cage Cricket
4 years ago
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First successful Spacehive project!
The Glyncoch Community Centre becomes Spacehive's first successful project, raising £35,000 from 78 backers - including local residents and businesses to brands like Tesco - and unlocking £720k in grants.
4 years ago
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Spacehive wins the Big Venture Challenge
Big thanks to Big Lottery Fund and UnLtd Ventures for naming us as one of England's top social enterprises
£200K fund
5 years ago
Spacehive was launched!
Chris Gourlay, a former journalist covering architecture and planning for The Sunday Times, founds the company "XtraProjects” (renamed Spacehive a few months later)!
5 years ago
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