Release date: 8 February 2019
A crowdfunding platform – a first for the south east – has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local good causes.
The West Sussex Crowd has currently helped 77 worthwhile groups raise funds since it launched last year in May.
West Sussex residents have really got behind this crowdfunding platform with more than 1,000 backers pledging more than £200,000 to 38 successful projects.
Charities, sports clubs and music schools are just some projects to benefit so far.
Examples include the Regis School of Music, Grow Chichester Community Garden, Burpham Playground and the charity, Teens Construct to Connect.
Of the £223,076 raised, £140,060 was pledged by businesses, residents and partner funds. The other £75,006 has been awarded by West Sussex County Council through its Community Initiative Fund.
Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “This is brilliant news. I am absolutely delighted to see the West Sussex Crowd is proving so successful and benefitting so many fantastic local projects.
“I would urge anyone looking to gather funds and support to join the crowd and see for yourselves the difference it can make!”
If you have a project that could benefit from the West Sussex Crowd, visit: www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk
If you want to know more or find out how to post a project onto the Crowd, go to your local library and staff there will be able to offer face to face advice.
Businesses who want to get involved by pledging funds can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org