Crowdfunding is a different way of raising funds for a project or activity, which can be organised relatively quickly, whereby you use the ‘crowd’ to support and buy ‘rewards’ to raise the funds to make your project or business idea happen. LEADER is supporting a coaching project which is run by Crowdfunder UK and Mhairi McMahon is the coach for the Forth Valley and Lomond area.
Mhairi would like to flag up some of the initiatives that Crowdfunder have put in place to help businesses and communities since the onset of COVID 19.
In particular they are offering free Crowdfunding to anyone starting a Crowdfunder in response to the virus. For businesses a Crowdfunder can mean offering rewards to be fulfilled when things re-open, for community groups it can be for equipment or supplies to provide a community response and supporting their volunteers. Mhairi has outlined a few examples below of different types of groups below who have used Crowdfunder in response to COVID 19. We also have a lot of examples of all kinds of other Crowdfunding projects in the FVL area now too, which can be found on www.crowdfunder.co.uk/crowdfund-scotland
The LEADER coaching support will be going on for a wee while yet, with the training and coaching now being offered via webinar and online, as well as over the phone with Mhairi. Projects within rural areas of Forth Valley & Loch Lomond are eligible for free Crowdfunder coaching and Mhairi would love to hear from anyone who is looking for more information or support in building their page. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some examples of innovative businesses and communities using Crowdfunding during Covid-19 with impressive results:
Fierce Beer - based in Aberdeenshire raised over £155k in 1 day! All their pubs shut down so they focused on online beer sales to maintain cash flow.
We also still support projects that don't have anything to do with Covid-19 like Watt Whisky Crowdfunding, we can still support you and help you use lockdown time to prepare a project to go live when things get going again.
If this has peaked your interest, and even if you aren't ready to chat but want to find out more about Crowdfunding we have a free online session running on Wednesday 6th May at 2.30pm. Sign up on our Eventbrite page
Or speak to Mhairi McMahon (Senior Coach Crowdfund Scotland)
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