Free crowdfunding workshops for community groups and not for profit organisations

East Devon District Council is running free crowdfunding workshops in October, November and December – new dates added in Honiton and Exmouth

More free crowdfunding workshops are being offered by East Devon District Council to help East Devon’s community and voluntary groups and other not for profit organisations access over £90,000 of funding available from the council through Crowdfunder.

Crowdfunding enables community groups and other not for profit organisations, including town and parish councils, to raise money online in one place to help make their project happen.

If you’re involved with a not for profit group and want to find out more, East Devon District Council are running two more free Introduction to Crowdfunding sessions:

•             Monday 18 November from 3pm to 4.30pm at Blackdown House in Honiton

•             Monday 2 December from 5pm to 6.30pm at Exmouth Town Hall

There are also two remaining free workshops on other aspects of crowdfunding:

•             Thursday 31 October 3.30pm to 6.30pm - Creating a video for your crowdfunding project

•             Thursday 7 November 3.30pm to 6.30pm - Marketing your crowdfunding project using social media

Places on each workshop are limited. If you’d like to book a place on any or all of the workshops please email crowdfund@eastdevon.gov.uk stating which you want to book onto, and how many people you’d be sending along (limited to a maximum of three places per organisation).

Money available is in addition to a large amount of county-wide crowdfunding money available from Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, as part of the Crowdfund Devon partnership. Crowdfunder, based in Cornwall, is the crowdfunding website chosen by Crowdfund Devon partnership.

Groups can put their project onto the Crowdfunder website and start raising money anytime, including from Crowdfund Devon. These workshops are being offered by the council to help people who may not be as used to using the internet, making videos and / or using social media. The basics of crowdfunding are:

1.            A group has an idea for a project. This could be constituted voluntary and community groups, town and parish councils, registered charities, registered community interest companies or constituted not for profit organisations.

2.            They fill in a form on the Crowdfunder website and make a simple video giving details about their project. Their idea is published on the online crowdfunding website.

3.            They publicise this project and its presence on Crowdfunder as widely as possible; they tell their ‘crowd’. The crowd can include the local community, visitors, businesses, users of the service, local and national organisations and funders, East Devon District Council, Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police.

4.            The crowd pledges cash to the project, and shares information about the project more widely.

5.            If the project reaches its target it receives all the funding that has been pledged to it.

Councillor Ian Thomas, portfolio holder for Finance at East Devon District Council said:

I’m pleased that we’ve been able to get involved in two very worthy projects so far through Crowdfund East Devon, but we really want to receive more applications and make full use of the money we’ve got available! We’ve already run three free sessions introducing crowdfunding to East Devon’s voluntary and community groups. We want to give more the opportunity to find out about crowdfunding and how it can help them.

So far East Devon District Council has funded two projects through Crowdfunder:

•             The Beer Men’s Shed project, to help the mental health and isolation of men in Beer and the surrounding areas can now happen. Beer Men’s Shed gets men together from Beer and the surrounding areas in a workshop environment to socialise and make things. This is thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, including a contribution from East Devon District Council of £4,500.

•             A community waffle house in Axminster, ‘Waffle’, has now opened and is serving its community. This is thanks to two successful crowdfunding campaigns, one including a contribution from East Devon District Council of £4,000. Their aim is 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.