It’s been another successful few months with civic crowdfunding in Kensington and Chelsea with 2 more projects hitting their targets in December after weeks of hard work, preparation and campaigning.

The Portobello Pantomime pieced together a short, swift but successful crowdfunding drive to raise much needed funds for their 25th anniversary show, The Snow Queen.  With great support from some local businesses as well as Pembridge Councillors via City Living, Local Life, the five and half thousand pound production budget was met just hours before opening night.  While treading the boards they will be raising funds for local causes, so some big hearty congratulations to Porto Panto’s Kitty, Anna and Harry for juggling rehearsals and seeking local pledges in such a short space of time.

In perhaps the most ambitious crowdfunding project to date in the borough, local grass root football team Kensington Borough FC lead an epic 8-week journey to raise over £14,000 to enable them to participate in a local league and run a community football tournament.  Project lead Ahmed used his local contacts to generate support from a variety of sources including Westway Trust and their community grant, local businesses, Greenwich Lesiure Ltd, London Tigers FC and Everyone Active, as well as City Living Local Life.  The Green Army reached their target and made it over the goal line and can now continue to support young people in the borough through sport.

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Looking to 2017

–       Watch out for the next round of Westway Trust’s Community Grants, where projects who crowdfund may receive up to £4,000 of pledges. More information can be found on Westway’s Spacehive page.

–       Grants of up to £20,000 will be available through the fourth round of the Mayor’s Crowdfunding programme, that will launch in the new year.  So far, there have been three rounds supporting 57 projects across London, however none of these have been in Kensington and Chelsea.  Why not take the opportunity to be the first?  More information can be found on the Mayor’s Spacehive page.

–       If you are about to launch your own crowdfunding project, or are interested in finding out more, some advice sessions will be organised in the new year, with successful project leads on hand to share knowledge and experiences of crowdfunding.

Congratulations to all successful projects so far and the 200 plus backers who made ideas a reality!

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