Paint the town green for St. Patrick’s Day

This St. Patrick’s Day we’re raising the bar (not the drinking kind) and setting towns and cities across the country the challenge to think green for the day and come up with new and exciting ways to bring more green spaces to life! Whether it’s park improvements, pop-up gardens or growing spaces – we want you to share your great and green ideas.

And as soon as you’re ready to bring your Paddy’s Day plans to life, we have a number of great funds on offer that could help.

More than £200,000 in green space funds available

Veolia, Growing a Greener Britain, Better Communities, Barclays Life Skills and Our Manchester are just five of our Spacehive partners supporting green space projects crowdfunding on Spacehive.

  • Veolia want to support small projects which will make a big difference to help the community increase reuse and recycling and they’re offering up to a thousand pounds in cash, in kind resources and staff volunteers for green projects around London.
  • Growing a Greener Britain wants you to come up with great ideas to make your local green space even better! Their fund is available to help you bring your idea to life and make Britain’s parks, gardens, and green spaces that much better. If your project is popular with the crowd and meets their criteria, you could get your hands on a pledge of up to £5,000.
  • Better Communities is a new initiative from social enterprise GLL and supports projects which encourage local people to be active, learn and play together – this could include community gardens, outdoor sports facilities or children’s playgrounds. They’re offering pledges of up to £5,000 along with skills from their staff and stuff from their centres to projects that want to do the same.
  • Barclays Life Skills is using Spacehive and crowdfunding to get young people running campaigns that develop skills such as marketing a project, 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 green project to life.
  • Our Manchester supports projects in the City of Manchester which have a focus on improving parks and green spaces and encouraging residents to be physically active outdoors. They’re offering pledges of up to £5,000 to projects that will improve Manchester’s existing green spaces and natural environments.

Discover all of the funds on offer here.

Project inspiration

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

  • Croydon Saffron Central raised over £4,000 from 107 backers in a record five days to transform a disused plot of land into a pop-up crocus garden providing saffron for the whole community.
  • Heaton Park Community Orchard raised over £12,000 from 83 backers, including Our Manchester, Growing a Greener Britain and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, to create a working orchard that engages local young people and the wider community.
  • Abundance at Edible York raised over £4,000 from 84 backers, including Growing a Greener Britain, to pick surplus fruit in York and distribute to local people with the greatest need.

Discover more exciting green space projects here.

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.

And Happy St Patrick’s Day from all of us here at Spacehive!

By |2017-03-14T12:10:02+00:00March 17th, 2017|Green spaces|

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.