CHARITIES and local organisations are to get a helping hand with new projects thanks to a funding scheme being launched by the Worcestershire County Council.
The initiative, called Crowdfund Worcestershire, aims to help local organisations gain funding through Spacehive, a crowdfunding platform.
Worcestershire County Council, keen to build on the success of its Here2Help community campaign, has set up the initiative to give anyone who lives locally who might have ideas about how to improve their community the opportunity to gain funding.
The authority will be working with Spacehive on the initiative and has an initial funding pot of £85,000 which they hope will at least double for the projects through the crowdfunding they will carry out themselves, with support from Spacehive.
County Councillor Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member with responsibility for communities, said: “Crowdfund Worcestershire is a great way for everyone to come together and help their local communities in whatever way they can.
“Working this way means we’re able to do a better job of offering grant funding that can be increased with support from local residents and businesses, in order to better help those who need it.
“Local people are best placed to understand the challenges and opportunities in their local area and this model puts them and their ideas in the driving seat.”
The first round looks to support organisations in their bid to help in the county’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The County Council is keen to hear from organisations that have ideas which need financial backing around the following five areas:
Food Poverty – predominately focused on families
Social isolation/befriending – looking at virtual community connections / or adapted schemes that comply with social distancing.
Return to work – helping people prepare for a return to work or helping them into work.
Maintaining our volunteering offer – helping to create a legacy of community and volunteer action post Covid-19.
Healthy Communities – activities to improve the health and wellbeing of your local community
Charities and local organisations are encouraged to create a project on Spacehive and pitch for a pledge via the Crowdfund Worcestershire platform by September 30.
Spacehive will lead a programme of events for anyone who is interested in learning a little bit more or might want to discuss ideas that they would like to put forward.
Free online events are taking place on the 13th August and 4th September. To register, visit www.spacehive.com/crowdfundworcs/news.