What is crowdfunding?

In the simplest terms, crowdfunding is a way for clubs and organisations to raise funds by asking many people (the ‘crowd’) for relatively small amounts of money. Crowdfunding has turned the tables on the traditional fundraising method and allows you to use the internet to engage with millions of potential funders.

Usually, those seeking funds will set up a profile about their business, project, or venture on a crowdfunding website – which is sometimes referred to as a crowdfunding platform.

Introduction to crowdfunding webinar

Learn more about crowdfunding and hear from Gravesend Rugby Club in this 30 minute webinar.

Follow this link to an Introduction to crowdfunding webinar

Sport England and CrowdFunder

Sport England and CrowdFunder  have teamed up to make £2.5million of match funding available to help sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis and with the safe return to play.

Follow this link to Sport England: Active Together | Crowdfunder UK

Success Stories

St Lawrence & Highland Court Cricket Club

Crowd of people in colourful orange, pink and green t shirts standing on a grass field in front of some cricket stumps and bats.

St Lawrence & Highland Court CC is a cricket club based in South East Kent in the village of Bridge. In 2020 they successfully raised £13,820 (plus estimated £1103.75 from gift aid) with 115 supporters in 56 days.

St Lawrence’s crowdfunding story

Hythe Cricket & Squash Club

Four photos showing sports teams posing for team photos, squash players and a cricket player. The club has cricket, squash, racketball and football teams, indoor bowls and a golf society. Members range in age from 6 to 87. In 2020 they successfully raised £26,001 with 179 supporters in 43 days.

Hythe’s crowdfunding story

Gravesend Rugby Club

Wheelchair rugby team photo in an indoor sports hall. Gravesend RFC offers five senior men’s teams, a thriving ladies team, a wheelchair section and a full complement of mini and youth teams. In 2020 they successfully raised £35,450 (plus estimated £4347.50 from gift aid) with 262 supporters in 38 days.

Gravesend’s crowdfunding story

Thanet Wanderers Rugby Club

Large group of rugby players posing for a group photo on a grass field.

The aim of Thanet Wanderers’ Return to Rugby Fund is to support those families who have been badly affected economically due to the pandemic. In 2020 they successfully raised £15,040 with 165 supporters in 58 days.

Thanet’s crowdfunding story