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March 2016: How #BetterBristol Crowdfunding campaign is turning ideas into reality

Following two workshops at the start of March, packed to the brim with inspirational people looking to crowdfund their great ideas with the support of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership and Crowdfunder UK, our #BetterBristol Crowdfunding platform launched in Winter 2015 is making an impact across the city.

We’ve seen a raft of fantastic projects delivering on the opportunity that crowdfunding brings, after reaching out to the crowd to gain support, pledges and funds – and ultimately trying to make Bristol a happier and healthier city.

In the last month Mary Colwell took to the platform (with some fantastic coverage in The Independent) to raise £3,767 from over 131 backers as she fights to save the Curlew, a bird species facing an alarming decline.

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Two new projects reaching out to support and celebrate Bristol’s sustainable food achievements include The Great British Asparagus Feast, raising funds to host a stunning feast in the heart of our city to celebrate the iconic British vegetable. Who could pass up the chance to be among the first in the UK to taste the newest crop of locally produced and seasonal asparagus – go and check out their rewards, grab yourself a ticket to the event and support the Great British Asparagus!

Spike Island Café Transformation is another innovate campaign looking to transform their surroundings and promote the sustainable food scene in Bristol – with the strapline – Artful food, no artifice. Spike Island Café is now crowdfunding under new ownership, brought to you by the makers of the fabulous Folk House Café.  Help make it an even better place; a place to meet, eat, drink and engage with fantastic art – a welcoming hub that local artists, creative local businesses and the whole community will call their own by pledging on this vibrant, ethical arts café.

Oprasonic: The Hidden Valley, crowdfunded £3085 from 60 backers to bring Opera to families and educational facilities to schools. The crowdfunding campaign means the group can deliver three performances of a new production – The Hidden Valley – for family audiences at St Georges Bristol, and a creative education project to 10 schools across Bristol, including Merchants Academy South Bristol, St Patrick’s, Redfield and Horfield Primary.

Only 8 days left to support Your Green Future – an interactive event run by the Severn Wye Energy Agency for students looking to open their minds and expand their thinking on the low-carbon solutions of the future. Looking to raise £5,000, rewards include exhibition space and the opportunity to cover the cost of a students ticket – potentially changing the world through positive education. Pledge here.

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Ready to turn your great idea into reality?

Build on an existing and exciting Bristol project or breath new funds into your organisation? Get started today and crowdfund for a #BetterBristol.

The Better Bristol campaign was set up in partnership with Crowdfunder UK to support and promote the activities of our 800+ member organisations as well as all those in the city with a passion for positive change.

Rewards-based crowdfunding enables people to raise the amount they need to get their idea off the ground by asking people to pledge money for items or experiences via a webpage which they create on an online crowdfunding platform.

Over 21 projects in Bristol have used the Better Bristol platform to crowdfund their idea since the October 2015 partnership launch, raising over £138,357, with many more ideas coming online in the next few months.

Do you have an idea or an initiative that will help Bristol to become a low carbon city with a high quality of life for all?

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