To celebrate the success of Crowdfund Derby’s first year, Derby City Council is increasing its match-funding contribution to eligible projects to up to 50% to help them reach their fundraising target.

Since its launch in July 2017, the Crowdfund Derby platform has proven popular with voluntary and community organisations and has enjoyed some exciting successes with lots of diverse projects that have had a positive impact on local communities. Derby City Council wants to celebrate this and provide a boost to local projects with an extra incentive to get their campaigns up and running. To do this Derby City Council is increasing its support from up to 25% of the fundraising target to 50% until the end of September 2018.

The Crowdfund initiative is a partnership between Derby City Council and Community Action Derby. They are working closely together with Crowdfunder to further develop the platform to increase the usage by the community and voluntary sector but also expand to support business start-ups, business expansion and hopefully encourage a little more entrepreneurial activity in the city.

Successful projects include tackling loneliness and isolation, supporting older people, providing hot meals for children from low income families during school holidays, providing much needed clothing for those affected by issues of homelessness and the latest successful project to restore a canal to its original route – which exceeded its fundraising target and received great media coverage.

But it’s not just about the money – Crowdfund Derby is also a great platform for promoting the exceptional work of local groups and highlighting important issues whilst also raising funds. The new partnership between Derby City Council and Community Action Derby has enabled over 60 groups in the city to access valuable support and advice, helping them to improve their capacity to develop stronger projects that will appeal to the Crowd. Together with Community Action they have also been able to successfully fund the Citizens Eye initiative; a volunteer project that provides digital and media support to groups, including audio, video and photographic resources which can not only support Crowdfunding projects but also assist groups in raising the profile of their projects and services in the city.

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride, Councillor Jonathan Smale said:

“The City Council is committed to developing a new relationship with the voluntary sector, and the Crowdfund platform demonstrates just one example of how together with Community Action Derby, we can jointly develop and deliver initiatives that support the vital work carried out by the sector throughout the City”

Kim Harper, CEO of Community Action, added:

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with DCC to support local organisations to get their community projects off the ground – our one-to-one support can really make a difference to the success of a Crowdfund campaign so if you’re thinking of using the Crowdfund Derby platform come and see us to get your project off to a great start.”

If you have been thinking about starting a crowdfund campaign now is the time to take advantage of the increased match-funding offer from Derby City Council and get your project into shape and launched before the end of September 2018!

For more information visit the Crowdfund Derby website