How crowdfunding can build an active nation

Friday 14th December 2018

Sport England have teamed up with Crowdfunder to set up a special pilot that will help more than 20 projects across the country raise vital funds.

Community sport and physical activity projects will be able to unlock partnership funding by crowdfunding part of their costs.

Crowdfunding Towards an Active Nation has seen 23 projects invited to take part and raise funds from the general public – and we’ll match however much they raise up to £15,000.

All the selected projects are already in receipt of funding from our Community Asset Fund (CAF), which is dedicated to enhancing spaces such as canal towpaths and open spaces and has already received more than 3,000 applications.

To enable us to help as many projects as possible, these 23 projects have received a portion of their requested funding via CAF before also being invited to crowdfund.


Exciting opportunity

Our executive director of property, Charles Johnston, is excited by the opportunities crowdfunding can bring.

“We strive to ensure that any projects we invest in are financially sustainable so they can benefit their community for years to come, and often refer applicants to further sources of funding,” he said.

“The partnership with Crowdfunder is one of many ways we are learning how projects can ensure maximum success with fundraising, so we can better support them to raise investment.”

Crowdfunder is the UK’s number one rewards based crowdfunding platform and has helped raise more than £55 million for community, charity and enterprise projects across the UK.

Ten projects have already launched so far, with more than £40,000 being raised to date. To view all the projects and pledge your support visit the site.


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Source: Sport England