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Bristol bursting with ideas as 20+ projects compete to win funds
Month-long Crowdfunder campaign aiming to raise over £100k for a Better Bristol launches today

More than 20 projects – all aiming to help make Bristol a more sustainable city – will launch on Crowdfunder today in a race to hit their targets first and so be in with a chance of scooping an additional green grant.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership (BGCP) community interest company is investing £45,000 in local ideas and projects that will contribute to making Bristol a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all. The Better Bristol match-fund will help turn these ideas into reality by offering grants of between £3,000 and £4,000, but eligible projects must first gain support ‘from the crowd’ by crowdfunding the first 50% of their overall target from at least 40 backers before the competition closes on 28 June. An additional £5,000 grant will be awarded to the project considered to demonstrate exceptional commitment to inclusion and equality.

A call-out for entries during April attracted more than 60 ideas in all, from all over the city. Eligible projects were offered free training workshops delivered by the Crowdfunder coaching academy to develop skills and help them build a compelling case for funding.

Guy Hayler, Head of Partnerships, Crowdfunder said: “Crowdfunder was keen to partner with Bristol Green Capital Partnership on this unique initiative because we knew that Bristol would rise to the challenge, and we weren’t disappointed. We’ve been thrilled by the entries that Better Bristol has attracted, and the enthusiastic response to our workshops, and we’re really excited to see how the projects fare now they’re live.”

Bids to take part were submitted by community groups, charities, social enterprises and small businesses across the city who all want to tackle environmental challenges at a community level. The projects launching on Crowdfunder today range from local food-growing, community energy, re-use and cleaner streets to sustainable wellbeing, community resilience, wildlife and green spaces.

Crowdfunding projects offer unique rewards to backers who help them to reach their target. Rewards offered by Better Bristol projects include local gardening, sewing and upholstery workshops for you to enjoy; private tours including a local farm and a night-time cemetery tour; knitted bees and exclusive art works and jewellery to veg boxes and a meal in a Michelin starred restaurant.

Ian Townsend, Chief Executive of Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, said: “There are so many examples of small organisations in our city contributing to making Bristol a more sustainable city. Better Bristol helps organisations like these improve their communities and address environmental challenges, by unlocking funding for ideas, energy and passion which will achieve change.”

To find out more, and back your favourite project, visit Bristol bursting with ideas as 20+ projects compete to win funds
Month-long Crowdfunder campaign aiming to raise over £100k for a Better Bristol launches today

More than 20 projects – all aiming to help make Bristol a more sustainable city – will launch on Crowdfunder today in a race to hit their targets first and so be in with a chance of scooping an additional green grant.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership (BGCP) community interest company is investing £45,000 in local ideas and projects that will contribute to making Bristol a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all. The Better Bristol match-fund will help turn these ideas into reality by offering grants of between £3,000 and £4,000, but eligible projects must first gain support ‘from the crowd’ by crowdfunding the first 50% of their overall target from at least 40 backers before the competition closes on 28 June. An additional £5,000 grant will be awarded to the project considered to demonstrate exceptional commitment to inclusion and equality.

A call-out for entries during April attracted more than 60 ideas in all, from all over the city. Eligible projects were offered free training workshops delivered by the Crowdfunder coaching academy to develop skills and help them build a compelling case for funding.

Guy Hayler, Head of Partnerships, Crowdfunder said: “Crowdfunder was keen to partner with Bristol Green Capital Partnership on this unique initiative because we knew that Bristol would rise to the challenge, and we weren’t disappointed. We’ve been thrilled by the entries that Better Bristol has attracted, and the enthusiastic response to our workshops, and we’re really excited to see how the projects fare now they’re live.”

Bids to take part were submitted by community groups, charities, social enterprises and small businesses across the city who all want to tackle environmental challenges at a community level. The projects launching on Crowdfunder today range from local food-growing, community energy, re-use and cleaner streets to sustainable wellbeing, community resilience, wildlife and green spaces.

Crowdfunding projects offer unique rewards to backers who help them to reach their target. Rewards offered by Better Bristol projects include local gardening, sewing and upholstery workshops for you to enjoy; private tours including a local farm and a night-time cemetery tour; knitted bees and exclusive art works and jewellery to veg boxes and a meal in a Michelin starred restaurant.

Ian Townsend, Chief Executive of Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, said: “There are so many examples of small organisations in our city contributing to making Bristol a more sustainable city. Better Bristol helps organisations like these improve their communities and address environmental challenges, by unlocking funding for ideas, energy and passion which will achieve change.”

To find out more, and back your favourite project, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/better-bristol-2017.


Better Bristol – Additional notes

Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC  Bristol Green Capital Partnership Community Interest Company is an independent membership organisation determined to harness our city’s enormous energy for positive change to achieve the vision of a sustainable Bristol with a high quality of life for all. We help our members to connect, collaborate and participate in creating the change needed for this vision to become a reality. This year marks ten years since the Partnership’s founding – look out for further announcements about our 10th anniversary this summer. To learn more about the Partnership and to get involved visit www.bristolgreencapital.org/join.

Crowdfunder  Crowdfunder is the UK’s leading Crowdfunding platform, specialising in reward, donation and community share fundraising. Over the last few years, Crowdfunder has supported over 70,000 projects and raised over £40 million for brilliant ideas in the UK. Working with partners, Crowdfunder unlocks extra funding for projects that are validated by their supporters. To read more about Crowdfunder visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk.

Better Bristol  Over the past two years, the Partnership has been exploring how to best support the continual range of ideas and projects in the city. BGCP started a conversation with Crowdfunder in 2015 to look at how a city-scale crowdfunding platform could support local sustainability projects. Since launching, the Better Bristol initiative has provided over 120 hours of coaching to help community groups businesses and organisations make their great ideas a reality, catalysing investment of over £190,000. Central to Better Bristol has been the offer of expert coaching and advice to members of Bristol Green Capital Partnership and other organisations in the city that will help maximise their crowdfunding success, as well as building skills and knowledge for their future fundraising and awareness-raising efforts. To read more about Better Bristol visit www.bristolgreencapital.org/betterbristol

How it works  Better Bristol projects have a crowdfunding target of between £6,000 and £8,000. Projects that reach 50% of their target (with at least 40 backers) will be helped over the line with a 50% match-fund provided by BGCP – until the £40,000 match-fund runs out. Remaining projects will receive ongoing promotion to help them to raise funds from the crowd, with one of these projects receiving a grant of £5,000 – awarded to a project that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to inclusion and equality in their aims. With an anticipated 20 projects taking part, the combined target for all the projects is over £100,000. Our aim is for each project to reach their own target – whether they receive match-funding from BGCP or our one-off panels choice award, or succeed in raising 100% of their target from the crowd.

The Better Bristol match-fund closes on 28 June 2017.