A pilot scheme, which enables Potters Bar and Bushey 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 our Community Infrastructure Levy Fund via Crowdfunder can now be submitted until May 2022, after councillors agreed at an Executive meeting last night (Wednesday 7 July) 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, which is being managed by Hertfordshire Community Foundation on our behalf. 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 £1700 through our 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. The trust has raised more than £1500 through public donations made via Crowdfunder and the campaign is still ongoing.
Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “Crowdfunder is a really easy, accessible and exciting way for local community and voluntary groups to raise awareness about a project and help generate support and momentum.
“However, we are aware that over the past year many organisations within the charitable and non-profit sector have struggled to stay afloat and have had to adapt or scale back their services because of the crisis.
“There are signs that voluntary groups are beginning to return to operate as they did before the pandemic. We want to ensure our scheme is available to help them reach out to the people and places they support, hence our decision to extend this scheme for another 10 months.
“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.”
Hertsmere's CIL fund is made up of fees paid by developers of all kinds of properties in the borough to the council. The fee, known as the Community Infrastructure Levy or CIL, is then used to fund infrastructure projects in the local area.
Projects must meet one or more of the following outcomes; reduce social isolation; improve health and wellbeing of adults; create volunteering opportunities; support vulnerable groups; enable community safety and cohesion; reduce or delay demand on public services or create a lasting capital community asset. Projects should be registered on the Crowdfunder website to be in with a chance of securing CIL funding.
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 here.
For a list of projects currently appealing for crowdfunding in Hertfordshire go here.
Pictured on the homepage is Cllr Harvey Cohen, centre left, at a CIL funding presentation at Dame Alice Owen's School before the pandemic.
Posted on Thursday 8th July 2021