About West Sussex Crowd

About West Sussex Crowd

#WestSussexCrowd

Created by West Sussex County Council

Contact us talkwithus@westsussex.gov.uk

The deadline to upload your project idea and pitch to CIF is Wednesday 9 October! West Sussex is full of people with great ideas who come together to make things happen to improve their communities. The West Sussex Crowd helps to connect those ideas that make a positive difference with supporters, to raise funds to make projects happen. Local communities know what they need and crowdfunding is a great way to harness the ideas, energy and resources to make things happen. There is a range support available for projects running campaigns, including workshops and webinars. West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the driving force behind this initiative and has a £140,000 Community Initiative Fund (CIF) for projects running campaigns. This replaces the way WSCC has allocated its funding previously. What are you waiting for? Upload your project to showcase your idea, inspire others, create energy within your community, gather supporters and make it a reality!

Our Journey

1 day ago
19 September 2019
3 weeks left before the next West Sussex Crowd deadline!

Right now project creators across the county are uploading their ideas onto the Spacehive website. Funders are braced to receive and review your campaigns. Over 2,5000 residents and local businesses have backed 97 projects in West Sussex to date. They'll back yours too, just go to spacehive.com/create to start the process. Remember that the deadline for the Community Initiative Fund is Wednesday the 9th of October.

It is not too late to get involved, even if you have only just hit on your idea. Just follow these three steps:

1. Create your project: this will probably take 2-3 hours, but will depend on how developed your idea already is. Costing up your project will probably take the most time - it must be accurate and with quotes where applicable.


2. Pitch to the Community Initiative Fund: you can only do this once you have created your project, and it will take 30-60 minutes. It's mainly so that West Sussex County Council can check the permissions required (if any) for your proposed project, and know a little more about your ability and capacity to deliver it should they back you. At the same time, you will be matched to other funds - make sure you pitch to all of these too.

3. Submit the project for verification: you can do this with the click of a finger. Note that once you have submitted the project for verification, you cannot edit your project page (except images), or pitch to any funds.

Not sure where to start? - Complete a simple expression of interest form so we know you are interested - we can then provide you with more information and support.

ESCC Infrastucture Development Programme started fundraising!1 week ago
Free Little Library Project, Worthing hit its fundraising target!1 week ago

Brilliant news, thanks everyone!

Entertain Me started fundraising!2 weeks ago
Entertain Me
Entertain Me joined West Sussex Crowd 3 weeks ago

Seniors in care are usually entertained on premises / residential home. This monthly show will give these people a place to go where they can be entertained by a professional vocalist. Each month, we will put on a show performing songs by Luther Vandross, the following month will be Nat King Cole and then another month, Sam Cooke. This crowdfunding project aims to fund the equipment which would be required to put on performances by a 5-piece band, Vocalist with two backing vocalists and dancers. If successful, I will then be looking for funding / sponsors to put on each show. The Seniors may be asked to make a small contribution towards the show, however my intention is for the show to be free to the residents. I am looking to work with local musicians dancers and backing vocalists.

Your Carnival Needs You! hit its fundraising target!1 month ago

Brilliant news, thanks everyone!

Free Little Library Project, Worthing started fundraising!1 month ago