West Sussex County Council has launched a new crowdfunding website to help community groups access more funding. The West Sussex Crowd website was launched last week and allows local groups to post details of projects they need finance or volunteers for. Projects listed on the website will also be in the running for up to £5,000 from the county council’s £330,000 Community Initiative Fund (CIF), which will be allocated in three different rounds over the year. The website is being run by Spacehive, which was the platform used for last year’s successful crowdfunding drive to kickstart the regeneration of Madiera Terrace in Brighton and Hove. Projects listed on the website will also be eligible for other funds from other organisations, including Crawley Borough Council, which is making money available through the website. Speaking to New Start, the county council’s cabinet member for safer, stronger communities, Debbie Kennard, said the new website … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart