Businesses encouraged to support local community projects

Businesses across Worcestershire now have the opportunity to pledge their support to community projects in a new and easy way though Crowdfund Worcestershire.

As part of this, 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, which is currently underway,  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. To date Spacehive has helped 26 projects across Worcestershire from 423 backers, raising over £80,000 so far.

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 as little as £2, the platform enables local people to get behind campaigns they want to make happen in their area.

There are a number of organisations across the district that are crowdfunding to enable them to deliver services that support their communities to respond to the coronavirus pandemic both now and in the long term. There are specifically three projects looking for a potential pledge:

DAWN project is a free, confidential, non-judgemental service for women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.

Tenbury Food Bank is aiming to help anyone who is short of food before, during and after this pandemic.

Caring Hands Foodbank, Evesham, has been running  a foodbank since 2003 and need a bit of extra support during this pandemic.

St Andrew’s Centre needs to go Eco with better LED lighting that saves money and benefits the environment.

f current and previous projects, please click here.

The next funding round will begin at the end of 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.

Nationally, Spacehive has supported 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/  or email communityservices@malvernhills.gov.uk.