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Latest funding round of Crowdfund Cotswold launched

Cotswold District Council launches the Spring funding round of its award-winning crowdfunding initiative Crowdfund Cotswold. Inviting community-led ideas that will help make a greener, more connected and healthier Cotswolds.

Cllr Jenny Forde, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Using Crowdfund Cotswold, our residents have raised over £570,000! This is a truly stunning figure and it shows how well communities can come together to support the ideas they really care about.

“We are holding our latest free online workshop and I can’t wait to see what new ideas are put forward. If you’re a resident or community group with an idea for a project, big or small, we want to hear from you. We truly want to embrace the enthusiasm of our residents to help reimagine spaces in the District and  do things differently.”

If you have ideas to improve your community space or want to learn more about how Crowdfund Cotswold works - the Council is holding a virtual workshop,  on Wednesday 1 March 2023, between 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Register your interest for the free Crowdfund Cotswold Workshop.

Join us to find out how you can pitch for up to £10,000 from the Council to help fund your local community project. You'll also receive advice from crowdfunding experts Spacehive on developing your ideas, and you can join smaller break-out rooms for interactive, specialised support for your project.

To learn more about Crowdfund Cotswold or to create your own project, visit: 


What type of projects can Crowdfund Cotswold support?

Projects need to be local and serve a community purpose. Crowdfund Cotswold projects can be simple and creative such as a street mural or community garden, or more ambitious such as hosting large community events or feasibility studies.

What's important is that your project is tangible. People who back your campaign will want to see where their money is going. The more people your project appeals to, the more chance you stand of running a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Projects must be in the UK and can be led by any type of organisation or individual, you do not have to be a charity. 

Looking for inspiration? The Spacehive project archive will give you a flavour of the types of projects that crowdfund with us.

Not quite sure about your idea? Tell us about it via this short form. We’ll look over it and offer advice on how best to proceed.

Contact Information

Cotswold District Council Communications Team

Notes to editors

About Crowdfund Cotswold:

  • Crowdfund Cotswold is an award-winning community online crowdfunding platform launched by Cotswold District Council in partnership with Spacehive. 
  • The Council is encouraging local businesses to come forward and support local projects in their areas. Companies, foundations and public bodies interested in supporting projects alongside Cotswold District Council should contact   
  • To find out more about Crowdfund Cotswold, visit

About Spacehive:

  • Spacehive is the only crowdfunding platform dedicated to civic crowdfunding. Its vision is a world where anyone can shape their local area to create places that make people happy, proud and prosperous.
  • The platform operates a hybrid crowdfunding and grant-making platform that pools funds between councils, businesses, foundations and the local community to pay for projects that improve local places. Projects can range from building a new community centre or improving the local park to improving a playground or putting on a street festival.
  • Spacehive is increasingly used by local authorities, companies and foundations, as the default way of financing civic and community facilities, since the model gives large numbers of people the opportunity to shape their area and typically results in projects securing 4x more funding than if they were relying on councils funds alone.