Published: 05 November 2020
For over two years now, Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police have had money available to eligible East Devon community projects through crowdfunding. This is through the Crowdfund Devon partnership that involves most of the local authorities within Devon.
We have grants of up to £10,000 available, as does Devon County Council. Put simply, town and parish councils and voluntary sector / not for profit groups within their communities can run online crowdfunding campaigns for projects they wish to do. They raise the first 25% from their community / crowd and then eligible projects can apply to us for our grants to help them raise their total.
If you’d like to find out more about crowdfunding, Crowdfunder are running free, hour long, online, introductory sessions specifically tailored to Devon. The first of these is on 11 November 2020 at 12pm. To book a place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crowdfund-devon-live-learn-introduction-to-crowdfunding-tickets-125872428823 If you’d like to be notified of future workshops, please let me know and I’ll get in touch when we know when they will be (likely to be one a month for four or five months).
Find out more about Crowdfund Devon: https://eastdevon.gov.uk/grants-and-funding/grants-available-from-us/crowdfunding/
So far East Devon District Council (Crowdfund East Devon) has given grants to 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 delayed.
- £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 bought 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 person 2020 due to Coronavirus, so they used the funding to run it online.
- £4,867 to the Budleigh Salterton Community Workshop project. This project aims to create a workshop and other recreational facilities in Budleigh Salterton for the community to enhance skills, confidence and social inclusion. Volunteer led activities would be made available to individuals who have need for them because of their age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances, to try and improve their lives. Activities on offer will initially focus on carpentry, wood turning and other DIY, textile crafts and repair skills under the supervision of experienced practitioners and support volunteers.
- £5,160 to the Coleridge Memorial Trust to place a life-size statue of world famous poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, born in the town in 1772, at St Mary’s Church in Ottery St Mary. There is no memorial statue of Coleridge anywhere in the world. The Coleridge Memorial Trust wishes to recognise and honour his shaping of people’s modern view of the world through his literary and philosophical contributions.