Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC launches £45,000 match-fund campaign
10th April 2017
Do you have an idea for a project or initiative that will contribute to the vision of a more sustainable city with a high quality of life for all? Have you thought about crowdfunding to make your idea a reality?
You could be eligible for £3,000 – £4,000 of match-funding – submit your idea before 25 April 2017
Bristol Green Capital Partnership community interest company (BGCP) 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 campaign will help to make these ideas and projects a 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.
The call for entries to take part in the Better Bristol match-fund campaign opens on 11 April and closes on 25 April 2017. We are seeking submissions from community groups, charities, social enterprises and small businesses based in Bristol who have a project that aims to tackle environmental challenges at a community level. Projects could include anything from local food-growing, community energy, re-use or cleaner streets to sustainable ways to travel, community resilience, wildlife and green spaces. The match-fund aims to support innovation in the city, so all ideas are welcome.
How it works
To participate in the Better Bristol match-fund campaign, you must submit your idea in writing by the end of 25 April 2017. Eligible projects will then receive training from the Crowdfunder coaching academy and go forward to the next stage. The crowdfunding projects will launch on 1 June 2017 and those that reach 50% of their target first (with at least 40 backers) will be helped over the line with a 50% match-fund provided by BGCP – until the match-fund of £40,000 runs out.
Remaining crowdfunding projects will receive ongoing support and promotion from BGCP and Crowdfunder to help them to raise funds from the crowd and reach their target, with an independent panel of judges awarding one of these projects a special grant of £5,000 for exceptional commitment to inclusion and equality.
Better Bristol campaign
Over the past two years, the Partnership has been exploring how to best support the continual stream of ideas and projects in the city. We 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 and catalysed over £190,000 to help community groups, businesses and organisations make their great ideas a reality. Central to Better Bristol has been the offer of coaching and advice to members of Bristol Green Capital Partnership and other organisations in the city that will not only maximise their success in crowdfunding, but will offer skills and knowledge for their future marketing and fundraising efforts.
Ian Townsend, Chief Executive of Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, said: “There are so many examples of small organisations in our city that have made a huge contribution to making Bristol a more sustainable city. This initiative seeks to help more organisations to achieve positive change in their communities, as well as addressing city challenges.”
“The Better Bristol match-fund campaign is unique in offering genuine support and training for organisations with innovative projects that could have a huge impact and have received public backing. The initiative will lead to at least £90,000 for pioneering groups that have the new ideas, energy and a passion to achieve change. We look forward to supporting them and showcasing their successes!”