Crowdfund East Sussex

Community Wellbeing Fund

Up to £5,000 available to support communities in East Sussex

East Sussex County Council has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Crowdfund East Sussex! The Community Wellbeing Fund aims to support projects that are helping to create social equity, economic prosperity, cultural vitality and environmental sustainability in East Sussex.

About this fund

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East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund
East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund
Get up to £5,000

Supporting projects that are helping to create social equity, economic prosperity, cultural vitality and environmental sustainability in East Sussex.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.

Criteria

Community Wellbeing Fund

What can East Sussex County Council fund?

The Community Wellbeing Fund aims to support projects that are helping to create social equity, economic prosperity, cultural vitality and environmental sustainability in East Sussex. We will support a wide range of projects that help people and planet to thrive, with priority given to projects addressing existing inequalities.

This could include, for example, projects which:

1. Create connection and tackle loneliness.

2. Develop vibrant community hubs.

3. Increase active, sustainable and accessible travel.

4. Improve access to healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

5. Involve communities in tackling climate change.

6. Enhance the built and natural environment.

7. Support people to explore the use of creativity as a way to wellbeing.

8. Enable people to participate in and benefit from the digital world.

9. Promote financial inclusion.

10. Build safer and inclusive neighbourhoods.

How does the match funding work?
  • You may be eligible for match funding of up to 50% of your fundraising target, or up to £5,000 maximum pledge (whichever is the lower).
  • Projects must reach 25% of its fundraising target before being considered for match funding. 
  • To demonstrate strong local support a minimum number of unique supporters are also required:
  • 25 unique supporters if applying for match funds up to £2,500
  • 50 unique supporters if applying for match funds up to £5,000
  • Pledges are made on reaching 25% of a project target and on reaching the targets for unique supporters.  
  • Following receipt of a pledge, projects must reach 100% of the initial fundraising target in order to secure the funds.
  • On reaching the initial fundraising target, it is possible to add a stretch target and stretch the fundraising further. Find out how here.

Before completing your application for match-funding we ask that you read the accompanying guidance notes fully. Read here.

Essential criteria
  • The project must benefit people who live or work in East Sussex
  • The project must be run by a not-for-profit organisation based in East Sussex
  • The project organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000
  • The project must demonstrate strong local support by crowdfunding 25% of its target from a minimum of 25 unique backers
  • The project should be creative and engaging
  • The project should develop either community facilities or community activities or address the climate emergency
  • Political or religious projects will not be funded

Fund Release

The Community Wellbeing Funding will be released once the fundraising target has been reached and the Terms and Conditions are signed by the organisation.

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) reserves the right not to fund, or to withdraw funding during a campaign if it becomes apparent that any of the criteria are not being met. ESCC also reserves the right to amend this information at any time.

Free weekly drop-ins, workshops and training are available to support your project development from our partners.

How to apply for this fund

Start by setting up a crowdfunder project, if eligible you will be able to apply

Projects supported by East Sussex

Crowdfunding in 60 seconds

Got a minute to spare? Watch our 'how it works' animation. You'll get a brief overview of how crowdfunding works and what extra support, services and money that only Crowdfunder can give you.

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How +Extra funding works

start crowdfunding

Start a project

Start a new project on Crowdfunder, tell us the basics and a rough outline of your story. Then we can show you funds that you may be eligible for.

Get the word out

Apply for funding

You can then choose to make an application for a relevant fund. If a partner likes your project, they may agree to support it.

Get funded

Start crowdfunding

Start raising money from the crowd and once you reach an agreed percentage of your target, one of our partners could boost your total with a large donation.

We're with you every step of the way

Crowdfunder Knowledge Hub

Crowdfunder Knowledge Hub

The go-to place for all the advice and guidance to help you make your project a success no matter what stage you're at.

Interactive sessions

Join our interactive sessions

Our team regularly host live and interactive sessions to share all the tips and know-how you need to be successful on Crowdfunder.

The Help Centre

The Help Centre

If you're not sure where to start, our Help Centre will give you all of the information you need to see success with your crowdfunding project.

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