Please see the Fund Factsheet for the Eligibility Criteria and the process.
Create your online project page which will match you to the Community Transition Fund (Crowdfund). Here Sefton Council will ask you some additional questions about your project. To take part, you must complete your project page, pitch to the Community Transition Fund (Crowdfund) fund and submit your project for verification by the 8th September.
The project costs and necessary permissions will be verified. This involves checking quotes for all the major items and if you have land owner permission for your project.
Once verified you can set your campaign dates. The Spacehive team are on hand to help you plan a brilliant campaign (top tip: the average campaign on Spacehive lasts 10 weeks - this keeps momentum high!). Be sure to get started as soon as possible, and by getting lots of small pledges from the community to show local support for your project.
Sefton Council will review all project campaigns that pitched to the fund on 20th October, and will review both the level of community support so far and how well your project matches the fund criteria. Successful projects can expect to receive a pledge towards their live campaign mid-November. We therefore recommend you set your campaign deadline after this time, but if you need funding sooner, the Spacehive team can help you get started.
Sefton Crowd will be running a spring funding round with a deadline of 8th September. Along with pledges from your local community, there is an opportunity to get a pledge from the Council of up to £5,000 (max 40% of your crowdfunding target, whichever is lower) to help you on your way towards making your idea a reality.
Projects should help to deliver the priorities of the Council’s Core Purpose. We are also interested in supporting projects that answer our call for ideas which put local people at the heart of the efforts to help Sefton recover from the pandemic. Take a look at our Fund Factsheet for more information.
Join the Spacehive team at our upcoming workshop on 14th July (REGISTER) and read the steps below to learn how to get involved:
Would you like the opportunity to pitch for up to £5,000 towards your project from Sefton Council and join a cohort of local project creators?
If so, you must complete your project page, pitch to the Community Transition Fund (Crowdfund) fund and submit your project for verification by the 8th September.
Launch your crowdfunding campaign as soon as possible, as the Council will be reviewing your project along with the level of local support in the form of backers towards your target on the 20th October.
Your project could recieve a pledge from the Council to boost you towards your funding goal. When you've hit your target, you'll recieve the funds raised so you can begin to deliver a brilliant community project.
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If your project will make an improvement to a public open space, then we can consider it. The open space could be a park, playing field, recreation ground, playground, nature reserve, wood or even a cemetery.
The space must be freely accessible to all members of the public, so we can’t fund private schools, or allotments, or anything where access is restricted or you have to pay to get in. The improvement could be better facilities (a new swing), or making it look more attractive (new plants and shrubs) or making it easier for everyone to enjoy (wheelchair access) or making it more of a home for wildlife (bug hotels).
We only offer funding in areas where idverde already works for the Council or your local Housing Association. You can see a list of our locations here, but if you see our vans driving around, you're probably in luck!