This is a new way for East Devon’s community and voluntary groups and other not for profit organisations to attract funding available for projects.
With Devon County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, other local authorities from across Devon and Crowdfunder UK we've set up Crowdfund Devon, which gives community groups and other not-for-profit organisations, including town and parish councils the means of promoting a project in one central place to attract funding from many sources.
You can apply not only for up to £10,000 of the £100,000 of funding available from us for East Devon projects, but also for a large amount of county-wide funding available from Devon County Council and from Devon and Cornwall Police. At the same time you can apply for grants from national pots that are present on Crowdfunder UK and attract other funding from the local community. No need to fill in lots of forms.
Find out more about Crowdfund Devon and get involved in crowdfunding.
So far we have funded the following projects:
- £4,000 to Axminster's Community Waffle House. Their aim was to create a community owned and run space used to bring the community together to form unlikely friendships from the oldest to the youngest with a particular focus on those that are lonely or isolated.
- £4,500 to Beer Men's Shed's campaign. Beer Men’s Shed uses a workshop environment to get men together from the area to make things, which helps them socialise, improve their mental and physical health, and feel less isolated. The funding means that they were able to build their own workshop in the centre of the village and buy good quality tools and equipment. Previously the project participants had to use their own tools and meet in garages and small sheds, which restricted the number of men able to take part.
- £9,000 to a project to provide beach wheelchairs for the disabled in Exmouth. This will provide custom made wheelchairs to allow people with mobility issues to access Exmouth’s wonderful beach and sea. The Exmouth Town Council project raised more than £20,000 to buy a storage shed, hoist and some wheelchairs. The delivery of the project has been postponed due to Coronavirus.
- £4,000 to Axminster Gymnastics Club's campaign. The club helps children from 6 months to 16 years of age in Axminster and its surrounding areas. The club needed to upgrade their gymnastics equipment and with the money raised will be buying things including a sprung floor, a beam and professional matting, a stable landing mat for their bars and a movable foam pit area.
- £2,000 to Sidmouth Science Festival 2020. This was to allow the festival run again in 2020, attract the best speakers and experts and hire venues. The festival was then unable to take place in 2020 due to Coronavirus. We're in discussions with the project.