Good causes in Norwich could get share of £50,000 as new crowdfunding drive is launched

Picture: James Bass

Picture: James Bass . - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2008

Community groups across Norwich could get a cash boost of thousands of pounds thanks to the launch of a new crowdfunding scheme.

Crowdfund Norwich has been set up to support community groups, social enterprises and charities across the city.

Norwich City Council is pumping £50,000 into the project, where people who have ideas for fundraising projects can upload them to the Crowdfund Norwich website.

The idea is that, once a certain amount of money for a project is raised through the community, the council will assess them and could consider funding from the pot.

For any particular project, the council could contribute up to half the total cost, with a top limit of £5,000 that it can pledge.

The initial sum of £50,000 is money which comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – a pot of money generated by planning charges from developers as a way to support the growth their developments will bring to an area.

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Chris Herries, cabinet member for safe, stronger neighbourhoods said: 'We are excited to launch this innovative scheme to help groups get extra support and turn their great ideas for community projects into reality.

'We are confident that this will be a positive way to show what projects local people feel passionate about while enabling even more funding to be invested in our communities so that more can be done.'

To see projects which are seeking funding click here and for further information click here.

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