Helping our economy and communities to rebuild is important to our overall recovery plan for the district
In July 2020, we launched the People Make Places Fund in partnership with crowdfunding platform Spacehive to support local community projects and their ongoing response to the Covid-19 Crisis.
Crowdfunding offers a way to raise funds rapidly by connecting people with local causes. Anyone can back a campaign with as little as £2 and can do so safely online. We provide funding pots across a number of rounds and the rest is made up with donations from communities, councils, local businesses and foundations.
What is the theme of the current round of funding?
The People Make Places: Ticket to Ride Fund aims to support sustainable community transport projects across the district that are citizen-led and community-based.
The aim is to boost connectivity of communities by improving local people’s ability to travel to services and opportunities for social interaction. Also, to increase social mobility, promote independence and self care, as well as to empower communities by creating an environment where people stay healthy for longer.
We have made a pot of £150,000 available over the next three years (across six rounds of funding) to support these initiatives. The maximum amount pledged to a project will be £50,000 or 50 per cent of the total project costs.
Do you have an idea for a project that will transform your community? We are launching our second round of funding for the People Make Places: Ticket to Ride Fund. Submit your idea to Spacehive before 21 April 2021.
If you want to learn more about how to get involved, Spacehive will be holding Project Creator Workshops via Zoom on the following dates:
- 4pm-5pm on 2 March 2021
- 12pm-1pm on 11 March 2021
What have we achieved so far?
For the first round of funding, we made a pot of £25,000 available and helped six projects successfully reach their fundraising targets. We provided £15,200 in total and the projects received donations from 172 backers. The remaining funds of £9,800 will be pledged to other appropriate district campaigns.
Find out more about the successful projects we helped fund: