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Feb

Acting Mayor launches funding to help residents, to help the city build back better

The Acting Mayor of Liverpool Wendy Simon has launched a new round of Crowdfund Liverpool funding. The money will put Liverpool people at the heart of efforts to help the city build back better, through more vibrant, resilient, connected communities.

Crowdfund Liverpool is an initiative that aims to give local people, with ideas about how to improve their area, opportunity to gain funding via the UK’s leading civic crowdfunding platform, Spacehive. The aim of the project is simple – to fund and deliver exciting, innovative ideas by the local community, for the local community.

The Acting Mayor has allocated a dedicated fund of £100,000 per year for projects taking part in the programme. So far over 800 residents, businesses and other organisations, have joined her in getting behind 20 ideas. Almost £25,000 has been raised across the city. From food composting initiatives and festivals, to community cycling schemes and cafes, Crowdfund Liverpool is helping people bring their ideas to life.

One project already crowdfunding via Spacehive is The Liverpool Lighthouse. The team is raising funds for a new community cinema screen. Sarah Jones, manager of the venue, said, “Words cannot describe how grateful we are to receive the full £10,000 pledge from the Mayoral Inclusive Growth fund to help make this dream of ours a reality for North Liverpool! Particularly during these times, we all really need something to look forward to, and by receiving this amazing funding it puts us one step closer to bringing film back to our disadvantaged area. 2021 will be the year for our community and we cannot wait to be hosting film screenings on the regular.”

Acting Mayor Wendy Simon said, “We’re excited to launch the third funding round of Crowdfund Liverpool with Spacehive and I can’t wait to see the ideas that are put forward. One of the positives over the last few months has been the enthusiasm to reimagine spaces in our city and to do things differently. We need to grasp the chance to build on this as part of the city’s recovery and I want local people to be at the very heart of that. They know best the challenges and opportunities where they live and Crowdfund Liverpool gives them a much stronger voice in shaping those places, putting them and their ideas in the driving seat to help build more resilient and connected communities.”

Cllr Liz Parsons said, “I’m also calling on companies and foundations that love Liverpool to join us in offering support – whether funding or in-kind – to the ideas people post on the platform so we can work together to make them a real success. The more people that get involved in Crowdfund Liverpool the more amazing places we can create together.”

Setting up your Crowdfund Liverpool project

The deadline to put forward your own idea is 21 April 2021. You can get started by simply visiting Spacehive’s website and creating your own project page.

For more information about the project and advice on how to create your project, contact info@spacehive.com.

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