How can crowdfunding work for your community project?

In this blog you can find out how you can get funding for your community project using crowdfunding. It was written by Jess Ratty, Brand Communications Manager at Crowdfunder. Crowdfunding means raising money for your project through donations online and many communities across the UK are using crowdfunding as a part of their ‘funding mix’.

How can community projects use crowdfunding?

Community groups across the UK are using crowdfunding to make their great ideas and projects a reality. Projects ranging from Scout huts, renewable energy installations, sports clubs, playgrounds, town halls, local toilet facilities, you name it, it’s being crowdfunded.

By raising funds from your community, you are able to show that you have strong support for your project. It’s pretty handy when you can add a successful crowdfund to a grant application as it shows that your local community already love your idea and are excited about helping to make it happen.

How does Crowdfunding work?

How Crowdfunding Works infographic

Want some inspiration? Here are five community projects who have run successful crowdfunding campaigns.

1. Liverpool’s Bombed Out Church

£20,260 raised by 549 supporters

Bombed Out Church Photo

When funding cuts threatened the future of an iconic Liverpool building, its supporters turned to Crowdfunder to ensure it would not be lost to the city.

St Luke’s Church, known locally as the Bombed Out Church, is a much-loved Liverpool landmark. Having lain empty for decades after it was bombed in the Second World War, over the past few years it has been turned into a very special venue, hosting an array of arts and community events.

After losing funding the people behind its new life were determined to save it for future generations, and Crowdfunder provided the perfect opportunity to raise crucial money and support.

2. Worthing Toilets

£6,286 raised of £3,000 target by 211 supporters

Worthing Town needed a toilet, not just any toilet, but a fully kitted out accessible toilet with a ceiling hoist, large changing bed and space for carers to assist those that need it. Worthing Borough Council agreed and were fully behind the project – allocating space – and matchfunding for the project.

In fact – the whole town agreed and there was an incredible show of support. Worthing got their two toilets and showed the world what can happen when a community comes together.

3. FC United

£51,395 raised from 679 supporters

FC United of Manchester turned to Crowdfunder to help it to raise the £26,000 they needed to kit out the function room and community space at their new ground. Such was the enthusiasm shown by the crowd for this innovative club that the target was reached in only four weeks, with the club going on to raise a massive £51,395 by the time the funding round closed.

A total of 679 backers pledged money to help with the project in return for rewards ranging from eternal gratitude to match day experiences. But more than mere rewards, the backers were showing just how powerful the crowd can be when supporting a project which reaches outside the norm to embrace the wider community.

4. Bennachie Leisure Centre

£3,351 raised from 61 supporters

Leisure Centres across the UK are community hubs for health, wellbeing and socialising and vitally important to today’s society.

Bennachie Leisure Centre needed to raise funds to reduce deficit and become sustainable – and crowdfunding was able to not only motivate and engage the local community, but also to raise the money needed to secure the future of the centre.

5. Websters – a new Glasgow Theatre

£33,310 raised from 108 supporters

The idea was to make one of the most beautiful buildings in Glasgow become one of the most lively in the city for arts and entertainment.

The team needed to raise enough money to open the facility to the local community. Crowdfunding meant they could raise funds quickly and make real connections with the many people who love the building and want to see the dream come true.

These are just a few of the brilliant community projects that have crowdfunded on Crowdfunder. You can discover how you can make your great idea a reality by visiting the guides for top tips, advice and support here.

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