Bristol bursting with ideas as 20+ projects compete to win funds

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Month-long Crowdfunder campaign aiming to raise over £100k for a Better Bristol launches today.

More 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. The Better Bristol match-fund 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.

A 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.”

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 wellbeing, 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 to enjoy; private tours including a local farm and a night-time cemetery tour; knitted bees and exclusive art works and jewellery to veg boxes and a meal in a Michelin starred restaurant.

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

To find out more, and back your favourite project, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/better-bristol-2017.