Businesses encouraged to pledge their support to local community projects

Businesses across Malvern Hills and Wychavon now have the opportunity to pledge their support to community projects in a new and easy way.

The People Make Places fund and Crowdfund WYCHAVON has recently been launched by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils to support the community through projects and services provided by local community groups and Voluntary Community Sector organisations.The first funding round is dedicated to projects supporting COVID-19 recovery.

Delivered via civil crowdfunding platform, Spacehive, this is an opportunity for businesses across the district/county to offer support to community-led project ideas alongside the council and its partners.

The fund supports up to 50% of the overall target with the remaining 50% being funded by businesses, the community and other funders. Anyone can help a project towards its target, with pledges starting at £2, the platform enables local people to get behind campaigns they want to make happen in their area.

Projects currently live on Spacehive include foodbanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, tackling social isolation, and supporting people experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.
Please click through the links to see each project:

Age UK Malvern – Reaching Out Across the Malvern Hills

Community Action Malvern Needs you

DAWN Project

Upton Love Your Neighbour

Tenbury Foodbank

Suckley Good Neighbour Scheme Needs You

Caring Hands Food Bank

There are more projects being uploaded in the next few weeks, please email: communityservices@malvernhills.gov.uk to keep updated.

The next funding round will begin in September, where there will be a focus on supporting community transport providers and projects.

Businesses and other organisations are encouraged to pledge on an ad-hoc basis, but those looking to make a pledge contribution to multiple projects can be given their own supporter profile on this site to showcase their support. The fund is part of a wider programme of crowdfunding activity across Worcestershire, in conjunction with Worcestershire County Council.

To date Spacehive has helped over 1000 projects to raise over £16mil. Currently, they are working with 35 authorities and have over £4mil of additional funding available for projects from their partner funder network. For more information about Spacehive, please visit: https://www.spacehive.com/