An exciting local crowd-funding platform which helps great ideas become fantastic realities was officially launched last week.
The Essex Crowd offers residents the opportunity to pitch their ideas for projects to make Essex an even better place to live and work and get the backing of their friends, neighbours, local businesses and anyone else who likes their idea who can then pledge to support the scheme through a donation.
As well as funding available through the site Essex County Council has created a new £500K fund which will put an extra £5,000 into the coffers of any ideas which will help make a difference locally.
Speaking at the launch event, which took place at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, on Monday, 25 September, Essex County Council Leader Cllr David Finch said:
“The Essex Crowd offers a great way to bring people together behind projects and to help good things happen, all we need to see is the committed support from the community, and for good ideas to be put forward.
“Good ideas can come from anywhere and – when an idea captures the imagination of the wider community – great things can happen. That’s why Essex County Council has committed to pledge up to £5,000 per project to support idea’s that will make a difference locally.”
The launch event was also a chance for attendees to hear from a project panel which shared its crowdfunding experiences from idea pitching, to the first pledges right through to the community promotion.