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Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire

Ayrshire LEADER’s Local Action Group (LAG) is embracing a pioneering new concept in fundraising called #Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire.

The LAG has partnered with Crowdfunder to provide a dedicated on-line platform for local groups, organisations and businesses based in rural Ayrshire to help them raise money, awareness and support using the power of the crowd.

In addition, the LAG may also make financial pledges to projects of up to a maximum of £5,000, where they meet the Programme criteria and have raised half of their on-line crowdfunding target. A total of £250,000 is available for this purpose.

If you are part of a rural community or have a businesses that wants to deliver projects that will foster business and enterprise, connect people and places, promote tourism, culture and local heritage or open up opportunities to access the natural environment, this initiative could be right up your street!

A similar scheme by Plymouth City Council placed £90,000 of funding into crowdfunded projects. In total these have raised more than £500,000 across the city via the partnership.

Chris Savage, Chair of the Ayrshire Local Action Group said: “It’s fantastic to be working with the committed team at Crowdfunder and to be at the forefront of ground-breaking rural development in the UK”.

Claire Monaghan, Head of Communities at South Ayrshire Council said: “As Accountable Body for the LEADER Programme, the Council is delighted to be working with the Ayrshire Local Action Group as it innovates in rural Ayrshire. We are excited about our communities sharing the social and economic benefits of #Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire as this initiative takes off.”

For more information about #Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire and how to get involved contact the LEADER team on 01292 616655 or visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ayrshire-leader

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CSGN Community Project Fund 2017

Central Scotland Green Network has launched the Community Project Fund 2017 to support community projects working to improve their local greenspace.

The £40,000 Community Project Fund – supported by £30,000 funding from the Greggs Foundation and £10,000 from Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) – will provide one-off grants of up to £1,000 to support small-scale greenspace initiatives and to foster community engagement in maintaining and enhancing the local environment.

The fund aims to increase community use of local greenspace, particularly within disadvantaged communities, which will have a positive impact on the quality of life for local residents.

At least 40 grass-roots projects will receive funding through the initiative and these can range from conservation and educational schemes, such as developing a safe natural learning space for children, community gardens for local groups to tend, and biodiversity activities such as planting and improvements to ponds and wetlands to protect local wildlife.

Woodland arts activities and feasibility projects can also apply for the funding, as well as any other new and innovative ideas which engage local communities.

Groups can apply for funds up to £1,000 for projects carried out within the CSGN boundaries.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 1 May 2017.

For further information and eligibility criteria please visit the CSGN website.

 

 

 

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