GLL launch new £100k funding scheme for community projects

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.

GLL Backed Projects

Learn more about the background to the GLL Community Foundation here.

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.”

Any organisations interested in learning more about the GLL Community Foundation and how it may be able to support their project should check out their Fund here or email: communityfoundation@gll.org

About the Author:

From teaching in the Tanzanian mountains to the digital universe of Spacehive, Aaron has stopped off in a few places along the way. After receiving an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, she worked for big internationals including Oxford University Press and the International Labour Organization, small but interesting types including Pambazuka Press and Internet Retailing Magazine before heading up the award-winning eSeller.net. Looking for her next big adventure she joined Spacehive as their Content Marketing Manager. Here she works the words whether describing the awesome potential of a civic crowdfunded future or outlining the many dazzling features of our grant-making software. She gets to meet the project creators and share their stories as well as working with our partners to ensure they have the material they need to make impact. Outside of work she mentors with The Girls’ Network, solves mysteries and once made jam from the blackberries in her garden of which she is inordinately proud.