Crowdfund Cotswold: Free Project Creator Workshop

Cotswold District Council Press Release – 2 February 2022

Do you have an idea for a community project? Want to make your neighbourhood more sustainable, inclusive, or accessible? From community gardens and Jubilee celebrations to pop-up markets and murals – if you have an idea, sign up for our free online workshop to find out more.

Cotswold District Council is hosting a ‘free to attend’ Crowdfund Cotswold project creator workshop on Monday 7th February at 12pm. If you have a project idea, or simply want to learn more about Crowdfund Cotswold, please sign up now. Book your place on the Crowdfund Cotswold – Project Creator Workshop.

Rob Weaver, Chief Executive of Cotswold District Council, said: “It has been incredible to see how residents and local communities have embraced our new crowdfunding platform. In just the first year of the Crowdfund Cotswold initiative, local people have pledged over £300,000 towards community projects.

“We are holding a free online workshop and can’t wait to see what new ideas are put forward. If you’re a resident or community group with an idea for a project, big or small, we want to hear from you. We truly want to embrace the enthusiasm of our residents to help reimagine spaces in the District and to do things differently.

“Crowdfund Cotswold is all about connecting people, communities and businesses to ideas that will make our District an even better place to live, work and visit. By working together with businesses, local communities and the wider system we can make ideas a reality through crowdfunding.”

Join us to find out how you can pitch for up to £20,000 from the Council to help crowdfund your local community project. You’ll also receive advice from crowdfunding experts Spacehive on developing your ideas, and you can join smaller break out rooms for interactive, specialised support for your project.

To learn more about Crowdfund Cotswold and to create your own project, visit: spacehive.com/movement/cc/

What type of projects can Crowdfund Cotswold support?

Projects need to be locally rooted, tangible and serve a community purpose. If you have an idea for a project that can help your local area, then Crowdfund Cotswold is the place to raise funds for it.

Crowdfund Cotswold projects can be simple and creative such as a street mural or community garden, or more ambitious such as hosting a large community party for the Queen’s Jubilee.

What’s important is that your project is tangible. People who will back your campaign will want to see where their money has gone. Your project should have a local benefit and not just be for a select few to enjoy. The more people your project appeals to, the more chance you stand of running a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Projects must be in the UK and can be led by any type of organisation or individual.

Looking for inspiration? The Spacehive project archive will give you a flavour of the types of projects that crowdfund with us.

Not quite sure about your idea? Tell us about it via this short form. We’ll look over it and offer advice on how best to proceed.