Got a big idea to bring to life in Lancashire?

Want to make a positive impact on your community by bringing a great idea to life?

Through the £500,000 Lancashire Culture & Sport Fund, Crowdfund Lancashire allows the county council to support grassroot culture and sports projects through crowdfunding.

Crowdfund Lancashire is developed by Lancashire County Council, working in partnership with Spacehive, the UK’s leading community fundraising platform.

Creating a crowdfunding campaign is simple and as an individual, if you manage to raise 50% of your funding target, Lancashire County Council will pledge up to £1,500 and honour if the full funding target is met.

Step by step process

This year there is a simple process to make applying even easier.

Anyone who wants to launch a crowdfunding campaign has until February 14 to apply.

During a previous application round, Martyn Rawlinson raised £2,147 for his Best of Preston project, which is a series of summer events held under the Victorian Preston Market canopies each showcasing singer/songwriters and spoken word artists from the greater Preston area.

Martyn said: “Crowdfund Lancashire was an ideal opportunity to gauge interest in the community for the project.

“The success of the project now means we can consider developing the idea further for future years, making it bigger and better and even more beneficial to participants and the community.”

County councillor Peter Buckley said: “Crowdfund Lancashire is already making a positive impact to our communities and we want to continue this momentum throughout 2024.

“We’re really keen for more individuals to come forward and that’s why we’ve launched a separate process for individuals to make the application simpler.

“The scope of the fund is to support cultural activity including art, music, literature, poetry, heritage, dance, theatre, craft, photography, film, design, museums, archives, and community arts festivals; and sporting activity including community-based sports clubs, outdoor pursuits, competitions and events, walking and gentle exercise, health and wellbeing.

“We can help you through the entire process so if you have a great culture or sport idea, we want to hear from you.”

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