Local Connections Fund
A fund to support local community projects that make Essex a great place to live, work and play.
Projects we're interested in funding
We are interested in supporting projects that will make a difference to your local area, that will transform or use a shared or publically accessible space to bring communities and people together. We have up to £5000 to pledge per project
So whether it is a community tea time, a community planting project, a new outdoor activity space, a BBQ or a music gig, we are open-minded about the types of projects that can be submitted. As long as you can demonstrate a demand for your project from the community, by gaining support through pledges, we want to hear from you.
The outcomes of our fund
The Essex Crowd is about bringing people together behind good ideas that communities want to see happen. We want to see local people creating projects and see their ideas come to life, to build communities where people feel more empowered, less isolated and more connected.
By working together we can make our neighbourhoods a great place to live, work and visit.
We are keen that outcomes are linked to our priorities. For more information on the fund, including our priorities, see here.
The Process - How do I get a pledge?
The Essex Crowd gives you the opportunity to ask neighbours, friends, family and the local community to back your project with a pledge. If you can demonstrate community backing for your project through your campaign you might also receive a pledge of up to £5000 from this fund.
As this is not a regular grants programme, below is a brief overview of the process:
Creating your project
• Create a project page on Spacehive at www.spacehive.com/create outlining what your project is all about
• Your project will be automatically matched to the Local Connections Fund from Essex County Council – so you can then pitch to the fund
• Spacehive will then verify your project– check the costs and permissions
• Once all checks are completed you will be advised when your project is ready to start crowdfunding
Starting your crowdfunding campaign
• Begin by trying to get lots of small pledges from the community to demonstrate community need and support for your idea
• Once you have achieved about 10% your target (and / or a good number of backers from the community) the Council will assess your project, and the support from the community, and decide whether or not to pledge to your project
• The amount the Council will pledge will depend on the size of the project, how it delivers against their priorities, the impact it will have and the buy in from the community.
Note: the Council will not be the first organisation to pledge as they want to see community support for your project.