City Change Fund

The City Change Fund is about supporting local projects for local people. It's a pioneering project in which we've chosen to distribute some of the city's Community Infrastructure Levy money to support local projects through a partnership with Crowdfunder.

We've chosen to use the Crowdfunder website to pledge up to 50 per cent of project costs (up to a maximum of £20,000 each except in exceptional circumstances), if they meet the criteria and priorities.

Since 2015, we have pledged over £250,000 on over 60 projects in the city, with the Crowdfund Plymouth platform raising over £1.5 million in the city.

How do I access the City Change Fund?

You will need to set up a Crowdfunder campaign and meet the criteria for the fund. Once you have set up your project, you will be prompted by Crowdfunder UK to sign our terms and conditions. If you meet these criteria, we will begin our consultation process and if your project is deemed suitable a pledge will appear from Plymouth City Council.

Please note, we only pledge on projects that are on the 'All or Nothing' funding model and only once they have hit 25 per cent of their target.

To upload your project to Crowdfunder, please visit the Crowdfunder website.

If you'd like your project to be eligible for pledges from this fund you'll need to make sure it meets the criteria outlined in the document below:

 Criteria for City Change Fund [PDF, 193KB]

Please also see below for our grant terms and conditions. This is for your information, you will be prompted to sign this through Crowdfunder UK when you set up your project.

 Grant terms and conditions

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunder is an online platform that helps turn ideas into reality with the power of the crowd. A project and accompanying video is uploaded onto the website and people back a project by pledging funds in return for rewards. It's an all or nothing model, if the fundraising target is hit the project gets the money, if it's unsuccessful no money is taken.

Community Infrastructure Levy

Community Infrastructure Levy is a charge that is made on certain developments (housing, student accommodation and shops for example). The money raised through Community Infrastructure Levy can be used to support growth by helping moderate demands that development places on the city. Most of the money is spent on big things that keep the city running like roads, schools and parks, but some can be allocated to great local projects – providing the idea fits in with our criteria.

 Crowdfunder end of year report (May 2018) [PDF, 1.62MB]

 Crowdfunder end of year report (May 2017) [PDF, 1.52MB]

 Crowdfunder end of year report (May 2016) [PDF, 9.51MB]

Get involved

The map below shows the areas where the money has come for financial year 2015 to 2016:

 City Change Fund map [PDF, 8MB]

 Crowdfund Plymouth leaflet [PDF, 2.6MB]

Projects we've pledged on so far...


Project name Description Date project closed on Crowdfunder
Save the Northern Belle We want to save the Northern Belle and bring this much loved historic vessel back into use for the community. 21 February 2019
Lady Astor 100 Statue Campaign To raise a statue to celebrate 100 years since Nancy Astor was elected as the first female MP to take her seat in the Houses of Parliament. 27 December 2018
Charity Premises Provide Devon, a charity providing food and other essentials to people in poverty within Plymouth and the surrounding areas is looking for money to refurbish their new premises. 24 December 2018
Sailing Tectona - New Generator and oven Tectona has been taking disadvantaged individuals sailing for ten years. She is now in need of a new 'green' oven and generator to continue! 23 December 2018
A new home for Plymouth Arts Centre's cinema Plymouth Arts Centre are raising money to 'kit out' the cinema which is moving to a new home. 19 December 2018
Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support - Centre Refurb We aim to refurbish our centre, to make the space we have a bright and more welcoming place for the asylum seekers who use our services. 3 December 2018
Snapdragons Plymouth CIC We want to transform the old Bowling Green in Plymouth's Victoria Park into an exciting new community space - for children, families and the whole community! 30 November 2018
Sheds for a refugee allotment project in Plymouth Our large allotment has communal and individual plots for refugees. We aim to raise £500 for two new sheds and benches and £500 for tools. 27 November 2018
The Clipper Share Offer Buy a share in Nudge and be part of bringing The Clipper on Union Street back in to use for long term community benefit. 24 September 2018
Cleaning in Progress Raising funds to produce 'Cleaning in Progress' an ambitious, large scale interactive performance as part of Plymouth Art Weekender 2018. 25 July 2018
Devonport Sport For All Sport For All – providing more opportunities for the community of Devonport to lead an active life improving their health and well-being. 23 July 2018
Elburton Primary School Jubilee Playground To provide a Jubilee playground for the pupils at Elburton Primary School, Plymouth. 15 July 2018
Project name Description Date project closed on Crowdfunder
Photo-Food with Fotonow CIC To deliver a series of cooking and media sessions and publish a cultural recipe book with Plymouth's refugee and asylum seeker community. 8 May 2018
Tea Dance with a Twist! Having successfully run 14 Tea Dances with a Twist! We need to raise funds for another five events whilst we secure long term funding. 15 March 2018
Street Factory #UnitedWeStand Open a community venue where everyone can feel physically, mentally, and spiritually safe – and free to express, respect, and learn together. 9 February 2018
Merchant Navy Monument To erect a monument on Plymouth Hoe, dedicated to those who have served or are serving in the British Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets. 18 December 2017
LOW PROFILE: Never Give Up To support the research and development of new participatory artworks over the next year. 2 November 2017
Borrow Don't Buy To help start Plymouth's first library of thing, a resource in which people can borrow needed items instead of buying them. 11 October 2017
Radiant Grotto 2017 To fund the Radiant Christmas Grotto to take place in the city centre in December 2017. 2 October 2017
Whey Down South: Redevelopment and Tour To redevelop the Narwhal Ensemble's debut show 'Whey Down South' before taking the show on tour! 28 September 2017
The Urban Studios To start up and complete the build project for a new body-positive Fitness Studio, which will home and support a Mental Health Enterprise. 25 September 2017
Benthic Caress One-off sonic art silent disco for 100 people at the tidal pool, Devils Point for Plymouth Art Weekender, to promote care for marine life. 23 September 2017
Where's Abi? Beyond Face Youth Company We are raising funds for a brand new musical production Where's Abi? Highlighting issues around bullying. 15 August 2017
Support SPACE Shot Youth Project We are raising funds to keep Ernesettle's SPACE Shot Youth Project running while we secure funding for the future. 26 July 2017
The Waterfront Theatre Festival 2017 Drake's Drummers Theatre Company are looking to run the first Plymouth Waterfront Theatre Festival, on Plymouth Hoe foreshore, summer 2017. 7 July 2017
eXXpedition Round Britain 2017 Circumnavigation of British Isles by sail, trawling for plastics and toxics, raising awareness of ocean plastics pollution in seven shore stops. 1 July 2017
Celebrating Community Through Our Local Park To celebrate Moor View Park in Mutley, Plymouth, as an important and effective space for bringing the local community together. 13 June 2017
SAVE SPACE SHOT We are desperately trying to raise funds to allow the continuation of the SPACE SHOT youth project in Ernesettle. 31 May 2017
No Walls Creative Arts We are committed to developing the Arts within in Plymouth, we have launched this campaign to raise funds for technical equipment. 12 May 2017
Final Year Degree Show: Uncommon Ground We are BA(Hons) students in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art raising money for our final year degree show. 28 March 2017
Project name Description Date project closed on Crowdfunder
BJ Sailing To code and equip a donated Sigma 38 yacht to allow disadvantaged persons to partake in the Fastnet Race 2017. 27 March 2017
Education Through Expeditions (ETE) Raising aspirations of young people in Barne Barton and King's Tamerton Plymouth through a once in a lifetime educational journey to Lapland. 15 March 2017
The Real Junk Food Project Plymouth To build a food store and kitchen enabling us to continue to intercept, cook and provide meals to all, using food destined for landfill. 4 February 2017
'Make An Entrance' at The Soapbox Theatre Help us to make our theatre more accessible for children and their families by adding a ramp and larger doorway for wheelchairs and pushchairs. 2 February 2017
Moments Cafe and Dementia Hub: A Christmas Wish To complete the build project of a retro themed good food cafe. The profits will support a dementia information and activity hub upstairs. 21 December 2016
Mayflower Autonomous Ship Ltd Get your name on the first robot ship to cross the Atlantic: celebrating the past, heralding the future and making history for Mayflower 400. 19 December 2016
Illuminate and Thanksgiving 2016 Illuminate/Thanksgiving 2016 is a fun but truly symbolic partnership community and arts Mayflower 400 event with a Native American theme! 24 November 2016
BIG Christmas Weekends! Please help us make Plymouth's Waterfront sparkle this Christmas - we need your support to create a festive treat for the whole community! 16 November 2016
Flameworks Ignite: Education Help us Ignite. A new community arts education area for Plymouth. 28 October 2016
Heated Recovery Blanket: Dartmoor Rescue Plymouth DSRTP volunteers support emergency services 24/7/365 saving lives in the local community. This heated blanket will help us do this. 21 October 2016
Eva's World Play Café Eva's World/Café Be Play Café expansion. Sensory play area, disabled toilet, more seating and a bigger kitchen. 26 May 2016
Plymouth Wrestling needs a tag team partner! We are Plymouth Wrestling Association! Help us bodyslam our target of £600 to bring more exciting family friendly entertainment to Plymouth! 20 May 2016
Ernesettle Discover Shack The children of Ernesettle Community School want to build a 'Discovery Shack' to enable more outdoor learning! 3 May 2016
OCEAN CITY PFC: Plymouth's Powerchair Football Club Ocean City PFC Plymouth's Powerchair Football Club was founded in 2014 by a player of the sport. We are a non-profit organistation. 22 April 2016
Project name Description Date project closed on Crowdfunder
Study to refurbish Blockhouse Park and CCTV Appoint a local architectural practice, who already have experience in Blockhouse Park to produce a feasibility study. 28 April 2016
Plymouth Conservation Volunteering 2016 New conservation volunteering opportunities in Plymouth and surrounds to benefit people, the environment and wildlife! Brilliant rewards available! 5 April 2016
Four Greens (FGCT) Ernesettle Community Allotment To create a local community allotment, to provide volunteering opportunities, increase sense of community and connection to the environment. 4 April 2016
Plympton Community 3G Pitch We've managed to achieve partnership with the FA for a 3G pitch in Plympton. Please help us to raise funds towards the overall project. 28 March 2016
The Red House Theatre Project Friends of PSCA want to raise £5,000 for equipment for the Red House Theatre. Please help us make our community hub amazing! 25 March 2016
Plymouth Arts Centre Live To raise £3,000 so that people can enjoy ballet, theatre, opera and exhibitions in our cinema streamed live from shows at national theatres. 24 March 2016
Walk around your home before its built Walk around your home before its built with TruVision using state of the art virtual reality, with the ever so popular, Oculus Rift! 23 March 2016
Far Flung Dance Theatre We are Far Flung Dance Theatre, a newly formed professional inclusive dance theatre performance and training company based in Plymouth. 13 March 2016
Vision for the Pillars To fund a commission for an iconic work of art for the people of Plymouth, commemorating the historic relationship between City and Minster. 11 March 2016
PCA Student Conference 2016: Facing the Edges Please support our student conference to be held on 21 January 2016. It is being organised and run by 2nd year students on the painting. 19 January 2016
Sole of Discretion A social enterprise seeking to protect the marine environment through the creation of a dedicated supply chain for ethically caught fish. 8 January 2016
Collings Park Trust Collings Park Trust is a registered charity which is working to save a precious green space in the heart of Plymouth. 11 December 2015
Plymouth Argyle Ladies FC To raise funds to be able to sustain our future in the Women's Premier League. 12 November 2015
Let's end child poverty in Plymouth! Plymouth Drake Foundation is working to raise £10,000 to help tackle child poverty in Plymouth. Over 10,000 children in Plymouth live below the poverty line. It will take the people of Plymouth working together to end child poverty in Plymouth. Today you can help make a start by supporting the Drake Foundation. 10 November 2015
CLASP The CLASP Network aims to facilitate, join-up, support and engage schools, communities and businesses for a sustainable future. 4 November 2015
In Other Words An opportunity for LGBT+ writers to create short plays based on real life stories shared as part of an award winning archive. 3 November 2015
Shed On Wheels Repair We have a lovely, bespoke, old Morris milk float called the Shed On Wheels that needs repairs so it can travel in Plymouth again! 7 August 2015
Beyond Face Youth Company To provide a pathway for Black and Asian young people into theatre and dance in Plymouth. 28 June 2015
Union Corner: An exciting new community hub Stonehouse Action are a group of local residents who love Union Street and are transforming a derelict shop 'Union Corner' on Union Street. 19 June 2015
Plymouth Deaf Association: Drop-in Centre Would like to create a community cafe/drop-in centre for Deaf British Sign Language users within Plymouth and the surrounding areas. 16 June 2015
Cinema in the City To raise £5,000 to fund cinema events all over Plymouth, including Open Air Cinema at Royal William Yard, this summer. 8 May 2015
Children's Creative Hub: The Soapbox Theatre Help us transform a disused building in Devonport Park Plymouth into a creative arts studio and theatre for children and their families. 1 April 2015