Community Assets

Crowdfunding pilot

Is crowdfunding a potential opportunity to help raise funds for community-led projects?

As a test, we ran a pilot project and teamed up with Hot Tap Media to help with the technical aspects.

Our pilot involved 3 community organisations from across the Highlands and Islands. We helped each group set up and run a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a project that demonstrated community benefit.

This pilot project has raised awareness of crowdfunding for community projects and the learning from it will help other community organisations take forward their own fundraising campaigns.

What the pilot groups recieved:

  • a bespoke campaign strategy
  • an engaging pitch video
  • a package of content
  • consultation and support throughout the campaign

Read our toolkit

Download our 'Crowdfunding for Community Enterprises' toolkit which gives an overview of crowdfunding, examines some of the available options and looks at case studies from groups who have already received support.
Download the toolkit >

Watch the webinar

Watch a recording of our webinar to find out more about projects that have benefited from our crowdfunding pilot so far.

Projects supported by the pilot...

Arran Community Land Initiative   

Arran Community Land Initiative is a Scottish charity based on the Isle of Arran. Following an award of £181,500 from the Scottish Land Fund, the group purchased 80 acres of disused farmland to turn into an active community space. The group started a crowdfunding project to help raise funds towards a community garden, improve access points and create basic visitor facilities.

£4432 was raised through the Indiegogo platform for this project.

You can watch their pitch video below.

Find out more here >

Kilfinan Community Forest

The Kilfinan Community Forest group are a charity dedicated to maintaining and developing a beautiful area of native forest near Tighnabruaich in the Scottish Highlands.

After storms devestated parts of the forest, the local group set up a crowdfunding project to help raise funds towards a new nursery of tree saplings to help restore the forest.

£1710 was raised through the Indiegogo platform for this project.

Find out more >

Gallan Head Community Trust

This group purchased an ex Ministry of Defence site in a remote part of the Isle of Lewis and has ambitious plans to develop it into a visitor centre to encourage local people and tourists to access this beautiful part of the Outer Hebrides.

£2000 was raised through the Crowdfunder platform for this project.

Find out more here


This pilot has now closed to applications




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