Spacehive have officially partnered with GLL, the UK’s largest charitable social enterprise to launch the GLL Community Foundation.
The Foundation has been established to provide grant funding and practical ‘in kind’ support with a value of up to £5,000 to a wide range of community schemes. Projects could include creating or renovating public spaces such as parks or gardens, running sports tournaments or supporting cultural or community events.
Along with financial support, GLL staff are also offering practical support and consultancy to projects, while Spacehive provides a platform for local schemes to build support and fundraise from within their own community.
A successful pilot scheme took place in 2016, seeing the GLL Community Foundation help six projects, raising £64,300 worth of cash and in kind support from 547 individual backers. Projects included The Hackney Cup for Health which involved 170 people participating in grassroots football and sport for the first time as well as the Tritton Vale Pocket Garden which was built as a community space in Lambeth, South London.
Chris Symons, Director of Business Development at GLL said: “We’re delighted to be launching the GLL Community Foundation. We’re calling on local clubs, schools, charities and social enterprises who are looking to make positive change within the community, to consider the crowdfunding model we have created. Not only will they have access to match funding of up to £5,000 and practical ‘in kind’ support, they will also have the chance to engage with and seek support from local residents via Spacehive’s crowdfunding platform.”
Chris Gourlay, Founder and CEO at Spacehive added “This exciting partnership represents the powerful effect of what can be achieved through the collaboration of communities, councils and companies. GLL are working closely with local communities to create a ‘place for everyone’ and through meaningful engagement with the people who live in the area have done just that.”