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#BetterBristol launches with 20+ projects aiming to raise over £100,000


BetterBristol BGCP social no2More 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. Our Better Bristol match-funding campaign 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.

Redcatch Community Garden imageA 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.”

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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 ways to travel and transport goods, 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 and your friends and family to enjoy; private tours Baby Bank imageincluding a local farm and a night-time cemetery tour; knitted bees and exclusive art works to veg boxes and a meal in a Michelin starred restaurant. View all the projects and the range of rewards on offer.

Ian Townsend, Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC’s Chief Executive, 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.”

why crowdfundingHow does it work?

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 Crowdfunding how it works graphicother 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.

We’re investing £45,000 in the Better Bristol 2017 match-funding campaign to catalyse even more investment in local projects. Projects taking part in Better Bristol 2017 have a crowdfunding target of between £6,000 and £8,000, and those 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 Get growing trail image 2these projects receiving a grant of £5,000 – awarded to a project that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to inclusion and equality in their aims.

We invite Bristol to join us in backing innovative and positive local projects that aim to make a difference in helping to make Bristol a more sustainable city with a high quality of life for all.


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