Letter from Essex County Council:
With a funding round deadline coming up in September I wanted to make sure you know about the two pots of funding that we have available on the Essex Crowd.
The Essex Crowd is a new funding initiative which gives residents, communities groups, charities and businesses the opportunity to run crowdfunding campaigns for local projects across the county.
The Essex Crowd gives you the opportunity to ask neighbours, friends, family and the local community to back your project with a pledge. If you can demonstrate community backing for your project through your campaign you might also receive a pledge of up to £11,000 from two pots of funding available from Essex County Council.
The Community Reuse Fund can add up to £1000 to projects taking place in Essex that will help reduce household waste. Examples of projects we are interested in include (but are not limited to) community repair cafes, cloth nappy libraries, packaging-free shops and library of things, upcycling workshops, and composting projects.
The Local Connections Fund is interested in supporting projects that will make a difference to your local area, whether it is a community tea time, a local gardening project, a new outdoor activity space, or a music gig. As long as you can demonstrate a demand for your project from the community by gaining support through pledges, we want to hear from you.
The Essex Crowd is hosted by Spacehive who are also offering tailored support and clinics to organisations that register and begin fundraising by 29th September.
If you have any questions about the funding on offer, please let me know.
Senior Sustainability and Resilience Officer
Please note, my current working hours are: Monday to Wednesday 9am – 5pm, Thursday 6pm – 10pm.