A pilot scheme, which enables Bushey and Potters Bar infrastructure projects that aim to reduce social isolation, improve health and wellbeing or support the vulnerable to bid for funding via Crowdfunder, has been extended.
Applications for Hertsmere Borough Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Fund via its Crowdfunder page can now be submitted until May 2022, after councillors agreed to extend the scheme to enable more bids.
Non-profit organisations which deliver services that benefit the local community can apply for a cash injection of up to £5,000 through the scheme, managed by Hertfordshire Community Foundation on behalf of the council.
Before they apply organisations must demonstrate at least a quarter of their project’s funding can be raised by crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding is an alternative to traditional funding routes, such as grants or bank loans, in which organisations appeal direct to their community for support. Reveley Lodge Trust in Bushey was awarded £1,700 through Hertsmere’s CIL fund scheme earlier this year to repair and improve paths affected by the increase of visitors during the pandemic at their free-to-visit gardens.
Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “Our message to Bushey and Potters Bar charities and local community groups is Crowdfunder is a great way to raise awareness of your project and build support, and our CIL funding scheme can help you reach your funding goal.”
Applications for funding are only invited for projects within Potters Bar and Bushey. In other parts of the borough, town and parish councils are allocated 15 per cent of the CIL receipts raised from developments in their area for local projects.
For more information, including further details of the eligibility criteria for projects, go to crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/hertsmere
For a list of projects currently appealing for crowdfunding in Hertfordshire go to crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire