Continued crowdfunding support gets the thumbs up in Midlothian
A programme which provides one-to-one fundraising support for a wide range of organisations has been extended until July 2021 by its funding body, LEADER.
Crowdfund Scotland provides support for local groups and businesses interested in raising money to support their organisation or project. Crowdfunding is widely viewed as an excellent ‘out of the box’ way to do this. It allows more beneficiaries to be reached and new supporters to be harnessed.
Throughout the pandemic, crowdfunding has been especially powerful and has supported a great deal of Covid-19 recovery work.
With the support of Tyne Esk LEADER rural development programme, Crowdfund Scotland has been particularly busy in Midlothian and East Lothian, raising £93,000 for 43 projects over a two-year period. Recent projects include Oliver’s Coffee House in Straiton and BOSS Garden Rooms, Bonnyrigg.
Oliver’s was looking for funds to improve safety against Covid-19 and to help safeguard the popular coffee spot during the pandemic. Through crowdfunding, they successfully raised over £3,000 to help do this.
Meanwhile BOSS Garden Rooms, a small newly launched local construction company, pledged a visitor pod to Archview Lodge Care Home in Dalkeith to allow safe visits to take place. They successfully raised just over £1,500 in a matter of weeks for the materials they needed. Grant Steedman and William Horsburgh from BOSS donated their time and labour, describing crowdfunding as “a great way for us to build our first garden pod and helping us to give back to our local community”.
The Crowdfund coach for Midlothian and East Lothian, Kirsty MacDonald explained more about the programme: “The support we provide is aimed at maximising each project’s chances of success. It’s delivered on a one-to-one basis by telephone and or email, and provides guidance throughout the whole process - from an initial chat to running a live campaign.
“The programme offers access to free learning tools, such as downloadable guides and webinar recordings to help project owners develop their crowdfunding skills.
"So, no matter what stage of the crowdfunding journey someone is at, they can always benefit from booking a call for a chat with a coach.”