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Crowdfunding for Community Projects

Do you have an idea which could help improve Colchester but need some funding or support? Or are you looking for community projects to get involved in or back? 

Crowdfunding could be the answer.   Essex County Council have partnered with Spacehive to create the Essex Hive.  This includes providing a free-to-use digital platform where communities can create, publicise, and raise funds for the ideas that matter to them.   With support from the experts at Spacehive we are confident that crowdfunding can help turn your ideas into reality.

The Hive can be found here:

Essex Places Fund

Also live is a dedicated grant pot specifically available for projects created on the Essex Hive. The Essex Places Fund is for any project that seeks to improve the local community and reduce the risk of flooding to residential properties. For instance, if you'd like to renovate a local playground, why not include a landscape design that channels surface water away from homes and into a pond? Or, how about creating a new habitat for local wildlife whilst creating a storage basin for excess rainwater? These are but two examples of how the Essex Places Fund can help you transform local communities whilst protecting our homes from flooding.

You can find out more about the Essex Places Fund by visiting the Essex Hive, by contacting us on or by calling us on 03330 139512.

Who to contact

Spacehive:  Aoife Herr on or by calling 07780 321208