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£70,000 community fund could boost green projects

24 September 2021

A £70,000 online crowd funding scheme, to support environmental and community projects, is set to be launched by the county council.

Crowd Fund Norfolk would enable communities to bid for the council to fund half the cost of a local environmental scheme, with the community raising the remainder. The maximum grant would be £15,000.

Deputy leader Councillor Graham Plant, cabinet member for growing the economy, said: “Crowdfund Norfolk gives us the chance to work together with Norfolk people and other partners to deliver the projects that they want to see coming forward. It’s a win-win for communities and the council.

“The first phase, focusing on tree planting and supporting our nationally important windmill heritage, also supports the council’s commitment to plant one million trees, in line with our environmental policy and Norfolk’s 25 Year environment plan.”

A report to the council’s cabinet says: “There is potential for this platform to boost community engagement by supporting community-driven projects benefitting local areas. A wide section of the community can be engaged through the crowdfunding process and the engagement enables significant financial contributions to be raised from the community for projects that matter most to them.

“In addition to enhancing community engagement, Crowd Fund Norfolk will enable the county council to make its funding go further by drawing in community donations for selected projects.”

The report says the £70,000 could attract up to three times that amount in match funding from the community and other sources.

If the scheme is a success, the council intends to expand it to fund a wider range of projects.

The council’s cabinet will consider the report when it meets at 10am on Monday, 4 October. Read the report and view the meeting online, live or afterwards.

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