£120,000 available in match funding to support great ideas in Plymouth

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Plymouth City Council is supporting local projects for local people and wants to fund projects which are helping to improve the city and make it a great place to live, work and play.

About this fund

Plymouth City Council
Plymouth City Council
Get up to £30,000

Plymouth City Council is supporting projects that help improve the city and make it a great place to live, work and play.

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


Get up to £30,000

Plymouth City Council is supporting projects that help improve the city and make it a great place to live, work and play.

Once an eligible project has raised 25% of their fundraising target from multiple pledges, if you meet the Council’s criteria and sign up to their terms and conditions, Plymouth City Council may pledge up to 50% of the target (up to a maximum of £30,000).

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

Please be as detailed as possible when filling out your application as the Council will take this and your project page into consideration when making a decision. The Council may ask for additional information/clarity when your project is live, but it is expected that this will only be on minor points and it is expected that the information needed to satisfy the Council’s terms and conditions and assessment criteria will be within the details you originally submit.

If you have any questions with regards to the process or a project’s status, please contact the Council before your project has launched or whilst your project is still running.

Eligible projects

Projects must benefit people in Plymouth* and help address the demands that development places on the city the Council will look to ensure your project meets:

  • The fund’s assessment criteria
  • Plymouth’s terms and conditions
  • Crowdfunder’s additional terms and conditions – this document details the fees Crowdfunder charges, please take this into consideration when deciding your projects’ target.

Priority will be given to one or more of the following:

  • Projects in an area of the city where development has taken place which has contributed to the fund.
  • Projects which help address the demands that development places on the city.

This could include for example projects which:

  • Help address the need for local infrastructure;
  • Reduce any adverse impacts of development; or,
  • Help manage increased pressure on local services by enabling community action.
  • Projects which demonstrate economic, social or environmental benefits to the local community;
  • Projects which are consistent with the Plymouth Plan’s ‘Welcoming City’ value where ‘Every person who lives in or visits the city will be treated fairly and with respect’.
  • Projects which help improve the local environment and public spaces.
  • Projects which help address climate change.
  • Projects which demonstrate added benefit for the city through for example, using local businesses or developing skills of local people.
  • *At least 75% of the people benefiting from your project should live in Plymouth.

The Council will only pledge on projects on the ‘all or nothing’ model. The money pledged will be released only if the full fundraising target has been reached.

To find out more about the City Change Fund please visit the Council’s website. Plymouth City Council has also written a paper to help explain how the fund works here.

Projects will be required to send over a signed copy of the CITY CHANGE FUND REVIEW – PAPER TWO terms and conditions, March 2021 and agree to Crowdfunder’s additional terms and conditions before their application can be approved

Match fund criteria

To secure a pledge from the Fund, you will need to do the following:

1. Apply to, and be approved for, the Fund.

2. Receive a provisional pledge from the Fund, by reaching at least 25% of your fundraising target from at least 25 unique supporters*.

3. Receive the Fund pledge by reaching at least 100% of your fundraising target.

*The provisional pledge which will be for up to 50% of your target (up to £30,000) will be made on to your crowdfunding campaign once you have raised at least 25% of your initial target from the required number of unique supporters and will count towards your target. This means in most cases the campaign will then be at 75%. You must then raise the remaining 25% from your crowd, to achieve 100% of your funding target and receive the Plymouth City Council Funds.

To verify whether Supporters are unique we will take account of information including, but not limited to: name, address, email addresses and payment card used.

If the project fails to reach 100% of the target the provisional pledge will be cancelled. The Project owner will be encouraged to review what went wrong and, if appropriate, to attempt to crowdfund again.

Plymouth City Council reserves the right to vary these match funding criteria; projects will be notified if their match funding criteria will vary from the stated terms above.

How to apply for this fund

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

Projects in Plymouth

Receiving a pledge from Plymouth City Council gave people more confidence in our project. Some of our pledges were quite large, so having council support will have secured these.

Caroline Bennett, Sole of Discretion

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 here every step of the way


1. Planning your project

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.


2. Creating your project

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


3. Running your project

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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