Please note this fund is open twice per year for spring and autumn funding rounds - see the About page for more information on the next deadline.
You know what would help bring your neighbourhood together, improve the local area and build community spirit. We want to hear from you about your ideas for improving Barnet and, where possible, to help make them a reality.
We will review funding applications for all types of projects. They could be focused on physical improvements that leave a lasting legacy or they could be events or activities that last just for one day or one week, but which bring people together and help build community togetherness. They could also be about supporting others, whether it be helping people to develop or improve employment skills, or taking care of our vulnerable people. If you’ve got a great idea – we want to hear it!
The Council’s corporate plan, known as The Barnet Plan, sets our vision and strategy for the next 4 years. The plan focuses on four priorities over the next four years to help us realise our vision:
• Clean, safe and well run – through things like improving customer service; addressing anti-social behaviour like fly tipping and noise nuisance; continued investment in and improvements to the borough’s roads and pavements and street cleaning; and unlocking the potential of our parks and open spaces • Family Friendly – keeping children safe; building all young people’s life chances; and helping children have a healthy start in life while learning how to build resilience • Healthy – tackling issues like domestic abuse and gender-based violence; focusing on mental health and wellbeing; and addressing the longer-term impacts of COVID-19 on our communities • Thriving – helping residents into work; implementing our Growth Strategy; building a new park town at Brent Cross and creating an efficient, convenient and reliable transport network that helps make Barnet a sustainable borough.
In the delivery of our vision we will be adopting preventative measures to help people remain healthy, happy and independent in all aspects of life and consider equalities in all that we do.
We want to support projects that help us to deliver on the above – the more areas covered, the better!
If you want to find out more about what we’re trying to achieve, have a read of The Barnet Plan!
To take part you must complete your project page and pitch to Crowdfund Barnet by 15th September. If you'd like some feedback on your idea before you begin, fill in this short form.
1. CREATE YOUR PROJECT PAGE AND PITCH TO FUND:
Create your project page on Spacehive and once you've added your project details you will be matched to the Crowdfund Barnet fund. Here Barnet Council will ask you some additional questions about your project.
2.SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT FOR VERIFICATION:
Your project costs and necessary permissions or licenses will be verified.
3. BEGIN CROWDFUNDING:
Once verified, set your dates and run your crowdfunding campaign. Barnet Council will review all project campaigns 6 weeks after the fund deadline, so make sure you demonstrate local support for your project through lots of backers.
4. CROWDFUND BARNET PITCH OUTCOME:
Please note the council will not be the first organisation to pledge to your project. They want to see community backing before making a decision. If your are successful, the pledge will be added to your live campaign.
5. HIT YOUR TARGET AND DELIVER YOUR PROJECT:
Spacehive uses an all-or-nothing model, so you must hit your target before pledges can be collected.
Do you have an idea for a community project? Whether it be by enhancing high streets, neighbourhoods, or parks; or supporting vulnerable people and bringing communities together we want to hear from you!
To take part in Crowdfund Barnet's next funding round create your project on Spacehive and pitch to the fund via the platform by 15th September. You'll start your crowdfunding campaign ahead to showcase support for your project ahead of assessment by Barnet Council, 6 weeks after the fund deadline.
Need some more advice before you create your project page? The Spacehive team are on hand to help you along the way. Click here to tell the Spacehive team about your idea, and you’ll receive feedback on how to get it ready for crowdfunding.
Cash: Up to £2,500 pledged directly to your project on Spacehive. Skills: GLL Qualified Instructors & Coaches, staff time, specialist expertise to help you develop or deliver your project idea. Stuff: Use of our facilities, free activities (Swimming, Gym e.t.c), monthly membership discounts, Internal training places.