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.