From temporary water slides to a community allotment, Essex has a new way to support small scale local projects. The Essex Crowd is a new crowdfunding initiative where you can share your community idea and offer neighbours, local businesses and other interested parties the opportunity to pledge their support to make your idea a reality.

Ideas can range from a local festival or event, bringing disused buildings or open spaces back to life, or even Christmas lights for a town or village – so upload your idea today.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said:  “The Essex Crowd is an opportunity for you to launch an idea that would make a difference to your local area to bring people together.

“Crowdfunding is a great way to get people behind your project to make it a reality, and we want to pledge our support for as many of your ideas as possible.  Just upload your idea on The Essex Crowd platform and move from inspiration to event in double-quick time.”

Ideas can be uploaded to The Essex Crowd on Spacehive now and shared with the wider community to raise awareness, support and backing.

Find out more about the types of projects The Essex Crowd are looking to support and how to run a crowdfunding campaign for your local area over on