Bringing Communities Together – Funding Community Buildings

From community centres and sports halls to theatres, galleries and cafes – we’re looking for the public structures that bring communities together! With funds on offer, dedicated support and resources aplenty to help you plan your campaign – there’s no better time to get your community building funded.

Over £1m in funds from our partners on offer

Our partners, including the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Barclays Life Skills, #MakeHull and Lewisham Homes are just four of our Spacehive partners supporting community spaces across the UK.

  • The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is looking to fund new ideas for creating more vibrant local communities in Manchester, Hull and Lewisham. They’re offering pledges of up to £2,500 and £15,000 to individuals and organisations respectively.
  • Barclays Life Skills is using Spacehive and crowdfunding to get young people running campaigns that develop skills including marketing, writing press releases, creating videos, and pitching to local businesses. If your team includes young people between the ages of 16 and 24, you could earn a pledge of up to £500 to bring your community space to life.
  • The #MakeHull initiative aims to make Hull a city to be proud of, a great place to live and to visit, by supporting community spaces in the city. They’re offering pledges of up to £5,000 to suitable projects.
  • Lewisham Homes will pledge up to £5,000 to support community projects in the area that will benefit Lewisham residents or groups.

Discover the funds on offer near you here.

Project inspiration

Spacehive’s very first project was a community centre in Glyncoch, South Wales! They had been fighting for seven years to build a much needed community centre and they had just five weeks to raise the remaining £30,000 needed or risk losing everything.

The campaign attracted a broad mix of donors – from local families to corporates like Deloitte and Lloyds TSB – before celebrity Stephen Fry lent his support urging his four million Twitter followers to donate money to help build the community centre. From there other high-profile supporters including Martha Lane-Fox, co-founder of Lastminute.com, and Scott Quinnell, former Welsh international Rugby captain joined the campaign helping the people of Glyncoch hit their target! Discover the full Glyncoch story here.

Check out these great community buildings who received support and funding from our partners before going on to successfully hit their targets!

  • One of our biggest projects to date is the Save the Ancoats Dispensay. It raised over £368,000 from 372 backers, including Heritage Lottery Fund and The Heart of Experian, to save a Grade II listed building from demolition and transform it into a creative community hub.
  • Raise the Roof at Lordship Hub raised over £12,000 from 120 backers, including Growing a Greener Britain and the Mayor of London, to weatherproof their terrace and increase their capacity.
  • On the smaller side was Keep the REAP Community Centre Alive! It raised over £5,000 from just 17 backers, including Lewisham Council, to deliver fun activities and community support.
  • Not every community space is on land! One of our favourite projects The York Arts Barge raised over £23,000 from 250 backers, including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, to turn a barge into a unique arts and performance venue.

Discover more great projects near you.

Training and support

Crowdfunding can be challenging but we’re here to support you every step of they way. Download our complete guide to crowdfunding here to start planning your campaign and then sign up for one of our free workshops and webinars for expert advice and support.

By |2019-01-02T15:59:40+00:00January 25th, 2017|Cities, Crowdfunding Inspiration|

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.