With the forthcoming launch of Derby’s new Crowdfund campaign, CEO of charity Community Action Kim Harper shares how the local charity is playing an active role in the initiative.

What is Community Action?

Community Action Derby (CA) is the umbrella organisation for the city’s voluntary and community sector and currently has over 850 community and voluntary sector members that operate in Derby. The organisation provides training, advice and support to voluntary and community groups. It provides news and information via its bulletins and holds events throughout the year to keep the sector up-to-date with news and information.

How will Crowdfunder benefit community organisations in Derby?

We know that there are lots of organisations out there that are doing great work or having great ideas that will make Derby a better place to live and to support people in our communities. We want to help these organisations to develop their projects and ideas as we know that sometimes a lack of funds and resources can limit ideas. Crowdfund Derby will provide a great opportunity to help these ideas become reality.

How is Community Action involved in the Crowdfund Derby project? 

Community Action will be promoting the Crowdfunder opportunity and supporting organisations that want to Crowdfund to make a difference in their communities. Our main focus will be helping organisations that want to apply to achieve their funding goals and successfully put their projects into practice.

How will Community Action help organisations with the application process?

Community Action will support organisations to develop their projects in a variety of ways.  We will arrange sessions for groups to discuss their ideas and plans to Crowdfund for successful funding.

What kind of projects would you like to see supported by Crowdfund Derby? 

Crowdfunding is a great opportunity for our local organisations. Projects could be anything from putting on community activities, improving a local playground or green area, making a community building accessible or working with vulnerable adults or developing sports facilities or programmes. The diversity of potential funding can be anything that helps build a better Derby.

For more information on the Crowdfund Derby initiative, please visit: https://news.derby.gov.uk/crowdfund-derby-welcomed-by-community-organisations/