Walsall Council has launched a new funding round as part of its digital crowdfunding initiative Crowdfund Walsall, to support community-led ideas that will help Walsall become more vibrant, resilient and connected. The Council are also delighted to announce that there will be a new £10,000 Walsall Community Heritage Fund available, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Working in partnership with Spacehive, the UK’s leading civic crowdfunding platform, Walsall Council has allocated a total of £50,000 to the Crowdfund Walsall programme, with up to £3,500 available per idea. The new Walsall Community Heritage Fund can also pledge up to £3,500 to heritage projects. The deadline to put forward your idea is 22nd September 2021.
The previous round saw over £10,000 pledged by the Council towards six successful community-led campaigns. Alongside the Council and community, several businesses including; Walsall Housing Group, Countryside Properties and Fortel pledged to the crowdfunding campaigns. The accumulative value of the six successful campaigns was over £28,000.
When asked the reason for getting involved in Crowdfund Walsall Fortel said: “Our promise as a business is to create a social legacy. We have actively supported our community since our inception and will continue to do so. Charitable activity supporting all demographics, backgrounds and cultures sits at the heart of our social value strategy.
Councillor Garry Perry, Walsall Council's Deputy Leader for Resilient Communities said: “We’re excited to launch this next funding round alongside The National Lottery Heritage Fund and I can’t wait to see the range of ideas that community put forward. Local people are best placed to understand the challenges and opportunities in their local area and crowdfunding puts them and their ideas in the driving seat
I’m also calling on companies and organisations that care about Walsall to join us in offering support to project ideas, whether funding or in-kind, so we can turbocharge the success of locally-led campaigns. The more people that get involved in Crowdfund Walsall the more inspiring local places we can create together.”
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Engagement at The National Lottery Heritage Fund in the Midlands and East of England said:
“We’re really excited about this partnership with Walsall and look forward to seeing the ideas that the local community put forward. Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will enable more opportunities that connect people with Walsall’s rich and vibrant heritage. As we begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, this project will contribute to bringing people back together, inspiring pride in communities and boosting investment in the local economy.”
Visit the Crowdfund Walsall web site.