About The Essex Crowd

About The Essex Crowd

Supporting small scale local projects that create connections and bring people together.

The Essex Crowd is all about bringing people together behind good ideas that communities want to see happen. We want to back local good ideas that create connections and bring people together. You’ll have the best idea of what might work in your local area, so why not share your idea and let others join in? What is it that would make a difference to your local area and bring people together? How could you make that happen? Crowdfunding is a great way to get people behind your project to make it a reality as it allows lots of people to get behind your good idea and make it happen. We want to support as many ideas as possible and can pledge up to £5000 to do so. See the below tab for more information on the fund. Upload your idea here today, share widely, and move from idea to reality in double-quick time.

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Essex County Council is dedicated to improving Essex and the lives of its residents. The council's ambition is to empower and enable local people to transform their communities, creating vibrant, prosperous and welcoming places for people to live, work and visit.

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Crowdfunding is a great way to get people behind your project to make it a reality. The Essex Crowd is a new crowdfunding programme where community ideas can be added and shared for local buy-in and to get a project off the ground - offering neighbours, local businesses and other interested parties the opportunity to pledge their support to fund an idea into reality.

Ideas could be anything, from a local festival or event, the transformation of a local disused space - either temporarily or permanently – a new project for a local club, or even Christmas lights for a town or village. Other ideas could include community BBQs to music gigs, community planting projects to street murals, community tea times and community cafés.

Essex County Council have a substantial fund available to support small scale local projects - good ideas that can have a real impact locally. We want to support as many ideas as possible and can pledge up to £5000 to do so.  While we are open to what kinds of projects are created, to get a pledge from the County Council, ideas should transform a shared or publicly accessible space in Essex, enhance and bring communities together offering a clear deliverable for those backing the idea.

Learn more about the Local Connections Fund and how to apply here.

For inspiration, see the below 'Example Projects' tab which give outline previous crowdfunding projects which would be a great fit for this fund. 

To provide inspiration and guidance on the kinds of projects we are hoping to support, we have provided the below links to other previous crowdfunding projects. All the projects have had small manageable targets but have had a big impact locally, creating connections and bringing people together.

From Musician to Nutrition - target of £367 

The Porty Light Box - target of £1,671 

Blue Plaque for Lady Rhondda - target of £1,295 

Help Stitched Up Get Mobile -  target of £1,801 

Hackney Playbus -  target of £1,725 

Flaxmill Maltings Open Mic Marathon -  target of £900 

Mystical outdoor learning space! -  target of £624 

Amble Puffin Festival -  target of £1,079 

The Esssex Crowd is supported by the Essex County Council alongside our key partners listed below.

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