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? 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 £5,000 to do so. See the below tab for more information on how to get a pledge. Upload your idea here today, share widely, and move from idea to reality in double-quick time.

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Sport & Play Parks & Gardens Arts & Culture Buildings Food & Farming Streets & Infrastructure
Helped the environment Boosted the economy Increased volunteering, jobs & education Supported arts, culture & heritage Promoted activity & leisure

Created by Essex County Council


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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Through the Essex Crowd, you'll have the opportunity to ask friends, family and neighbours to back your project with a pledge.  If you can demonstrate community backing your project through support for your campaign, you may also get a pledge of up to £5,000 from the council.

This is not a regular grants programme so we have included a brief overview of the process below:

  • You create a project page on Spacehive outlining what your project is about - www.spacehive.com/create
  • You are matched and can pitch to the council crowdfunding funds - for more information see here.
  • Your project is verified - your costs and permissions are checked. 
  • You start your campaign - begin by getting lots of small pledges from the community to show community need and support. 
  • When you are at around 10% of your target (and/or when you have a good number of backers from the community) the Council will assess your project and the support of the community and decide whether or not to pledge to your projects.
  • Please note - the council will not be the first organisation to pledge as they are waiting to see the support for the project from the community before pledging. 
  • The amount of money the council will pledge will depend on the size of your project, the impact your project will have and the community buy in. The pledge will never exceed 50% of your target. 

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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