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Call to Businesses and Community Groups to Use Crowdfund Guildford

Published on: 26 Dec, 2021
Updated on: 31 Dec, 2021

Guildford Borough Council is calling on businesses and community groups to use crowd funding and the £100,000 Guildford Community Fund to get local projects off the ground.

It is holding free workshops on how to access this financial support to bring projects to life. The next workshop is on January 12 at 6pm.

Project ideas have to be sent to Crowdfund Guildford by Wednesday, February 9 2022 for the latest round of funding.

The leader of the council, Joss Bigmore (R4GV, Christchurch), said: “We launched Crowdfund Guildford to help businesses get the financial support for projects, big or small. And we have set up the Guildford Community Fund so we can support local projects too.

“Those who joined our first workshop in December walked away with offers of space for their events, potential speakers and new connections. When you share your project and begin crowdfunding, you get the chance to build an audience that really cares about your project.

“The more backers your project has, the easier it is to attract more and even bigger funders. They can be persuaded by displays of community support and so want to be part of making a difference.”

Crowdfunding statistics from Spacehive.

The deputy leader of the council and lead councillor for community, Julia McShane (Lib Dem, Westborough), said: “In the January workshop, we’ll be joined by our crowdfunding experts at Spacehive who will explain how you get funding to bring your idea to life. You will get advice on creating your project and find out how to run a crowdfunding campaign.”

A council spokesperson added “Once your project is verified by Spacehive, you can begin your crowdfunding campaign by telling your supporters and the wider Guildford community about your project.

“Spacehive, a leading crowdfunding platform, is our partner for creating Crowdfund Guildford. Fundraising campaigns on Spacehive have a fantastic success rate.”

You can find out more on this link about how Crowdfund Guildford works.

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