● Love Land Community Field Project were the overall winners on the night - taking home a £6,000 prize fund
● Cornwall Council and Crowdfunder calling for other green initiatives to submit their ideas in response to the climate emergency for a chance to win a share of £30,000 match funding
Following a 24-hour crowdfunding campaign and a LIVE event streamed on Thursday 10th June, Love Land Community Field Project were crowned the overall winners on the night.
This first #BackTheFuture LIVE event is part of an initiative from Crowdfunder focusing the spotlight on creative and innovative projects in a bid to challenge global issues, such as the climate emergency we find ourselves in.
Thanks to the success of the event Cornwall Council and Crowdfunder are now encouraging individuals, groups and organisations who are tackling Cornwall's climate emergency head-on to share what they’re doing in response to the climate emergency, and how crowdfunding will play its part, starting the process by filling in a simple form.
Ten successful entries will be chosen to win a share of £30,000 in match funding from Cornwall Council to go towards a crowdfunding campaign.
They are looking for projects like #BackTheFuture LIVE winners, Love Land Community Field, who are based in Penryn. Their aim is to get residents closer to nature by growing food to support the local community and donating food to the Falmouth Food Co-op Kitchen Project, providing meals to those isolating and shielding due to COVID-19. The £6,000 prize money they won will undoubtedly give them the necessary funds they need to achieve this goal.
“Everyone at Loveland is thrilled to have taken part in the Back the Future Crowdfunder competition. It was a whirlwind 24hrs in which the whole community rallied together and it really showcased to us all how much the Loveland field is already bringing to everyone’s lives. We can’t wait to dig our bore hole bring water to the field, grow more food for our community as well as create an access track to welcome further local people to the field. Thank you so much to all of our supporters, backers and cheerleaders to Crowdfunder and Cornwall Council for such an amazing crowdfunding experience”!
The other worthy project that competed on the day was the social enterprise Waterhaul based in Newquay. Their aim is to transform the ocean’s most harmful plastics into valuable resources that can be reused. They are looking to run hands-on workshops that will encourage positive environmental actions and inspire the next generation of climate change innovators. Although runners up on the night, they still walked away with a £4,000 prize, a great boost to much needed grass roots action.
The two projects were judged by Simon Deverell, Co-founder and Creative Director of Crowdfunder, Sophie Hellyer, Founder of Rise Fierce and Liz Wright, Learning Manager at School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Simon Deverell, Co-Founder & Creative Director Crowdfunder, one of the judges on the night commented: “We had such a fantastic night, the projects absolutely nailed it and it was brilliant to get so many people on board with this incredibly important initiative. Loveland put together a fantastic community campaign and just in that last hour convinced us, the judges, that they were the worthy winners. However, Waterhaul did an amazing job too and we are so proud of both of them. We can’t wait to do this again”.
If you have a planet positive idea you’re ready to take to the next level, find out more about the match-funding on offer and share your idea: crowdfunder.co.uk/backthefuture/cornwall