Crowdfunding Proves a Success for West Sussex Communities

More than 40 West Sussex projects, from a choral festival to a drop in centre for veterans, have embraced a new funding scheme.

West Sussex CrowdThe West Sussex Crowd brings together worthwhile projects which aim to improve their local areas, with those willing to offer funding and support. So far £22,657 has been donated.

West Sussex County Council is also making £330,000 Community Initiative Fund available to pledge to projects on the site.

This will replace its previous funding initiatives including the Small Grants Fund and the Members’ Big Society Fund and will be allocated at County Local Committee (CLC) meetings throughout the year.

One project coordinator, Paul Sadler, from the Hidden Garden in Selsey has spoken of how the West Sussex Crowd has already helped raise awareness of the community project. Paul said: “The West Sussex Crowd is not just about fundraising, it has also really helped to raise the profile of our project, The Hidden Garden.

“While we are still in the very early stages of gathering support, we hope that with the help of the Crowd it will continue to grow.

“We would recommend other community groups join the West Sussex Crowd as it provides a great opportunity to help turn ideas into reality.”

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “It is incredibly exciting to hear so many community groups and projects are already benefitting from the platform.

“I can see that thousands of pounds have already been pledged.

“With this success in mind, I would encourage others in the county to start using the West Sussex Crowd – whether that is to support existing projects or create one of their own.”

To upload an idea or pledge support, visit: www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk