More ‘budding’ local projects backed by Cotswold District Council through Crowdfund Cotswold

Cotswold District Council Press Release – 25 November 2021

Two ‘budding’ local wildflower projects have received pledges of £2750 by Cotswold District Council in its second round of funding contributions to local projects.

Long Newnton Parish Council is raising money to sow additional wild flowers on roadside verges through the village and villagers in Quenington also want to create wildflower meadows on verges and along hedgerows, increasing the biodiversity of both villages.

Cllr Jenny Forde, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said, “Biodiversity has never been more important and sowing additional wildflowers is a way to support pollinators, including honey bees, which is important to human health, underpinning nutrition and food security.

“It’s brilliant  to see communities come together to bring to life the projects that are important to them. These are two great examples of what can be achieved when people work together for the benefit of the areas in which they live.

“I would encourage others to come forward with their ideas for projects no matter how big or small. You don’t have to be a registered charity or group – just a resident with a great idea to shape your local area and the future you want.”

The wildflower projects are two of four projects that have together received pledges of £6750 from the Council and are seeking crowdfunding to reach their target. Cut The Mustard Club in Shipton Moyne is raising funds for new equipment and Tetbury Cricket Club is raising funds for new cricket nets.

Local residents and groups with an idea to improve their community can leverage Spacehive’s digital crowdfunding platform to raise funds from the local community, business and partner organisations. The Council has allocated a total of £110,000 to the programme, with up to £10,000 available per idea to boost projects towards their funding target. The deadline for the next round is March 23 2022.

If you have your own idea to put forward, you can get started by visiting the Crowdfund Cotswold website and creating your own project page.

People and organisations can pledge as little as £2 towards a project and contributions are only taken if the campaign hits its target.

To view all of the active projects in the Cotswolds, please visit the Crowdfund Cotswold project page: spacehive.com/movement/cc/projects.

About Spacehive:

  • Spacehive is a specialist funding platform for ideas that bring local civic and community spaces to life. Its vision is a world where anyone can shape their local area to create places that make people happy, proud and prosperous.
  • The platform operates a hybrid crowdfunding and grant-making platform that pools funds between councils, businesses, foundations and the local community to pay for projects that improve local places. Projects can range from building a new community centre or improving the local park to improving a playground or putting on a street festival.
  • Spacehive is increasingly used by local authorities, companies and foundations, as the default way of financing civic and community facilities, since the model gives large numbers of people the opportunity to shape their area and typically results in projects securing 4x more funding than if they were relying on councils funds alone.