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Over £37,000 raised so far for six planet friendly projects ready to #BackTheFuture in Devon

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Six planet-positive projects from across the County are going from strength to strength in their bid to crowdfund their environmental ideas and unlock a share of £30,000 of our match funding (up to £5,000 per project).

This is the second phase of funding we’ve made available through the #BackTheFuture Devon Climate Challenge initiative, which is helping to support Devon-based projects tackling the climate emergency in the County. It follows a successful live-streamed event in July, where three projects competed for a share of £10,000.

With just over a week left of their campaigns, which were launched earlier in September, the projects have already unlocked over £14,000 worth of our match funding, as well as raising a further £23,000 from the ‘wider-crowd’.

This has meant that some of the projects have already surpassed their initial targets and are now aiming for ‘stretch’ or extended totals.

Find out more about the projects taking part and how they are getting on below:

  • The Totnes Climate Response Centre project is aiming to set up a hub in the middle of Totnes to inspire and educate the community in how they can help respond to the climate emergency at a local level.
  • Inspire Devon’s Children about Climate Change is aiming to inspire Devon’s children to help tackle climate change with a range of fun, engaging and educational teaching resources for schools.
  • Planet Action Workshops, run by Planet and People CIC in Tiverton, wants to provide affordable eco-workshops for children and young people to inspire them to love the environment.
  • No Toy Left Behind is an Axminster-based community project giving local people an environmentally friendly alternative to buying new toys, reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfills.
  • The Upcycled Glass Project is a community interest start-up looking to raise money to open a new sustainable glass blowing workshop on Dartmoor. The workshop will use a mixture of waste glass and local, sustainably sourced materials. 
  • ExeCargo is an Exmouth based group aiming to buy a community electric cargo bike that can be used by the local community, businesses and community groups for deliveries and transport.

You can find out more information about the #BackTheFuture Devon Climate Challenge on the Crowdfunder website.

Councillor Andrea Davis, our Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Environment said:

“I’m so pleased we are able to support projects like these, which have come up with such innovative ways to respond to the climate emergency in Devon as well as further inspire and educate their communities.

“The #BackTheFuture Climate Challenge is part of our ongoing commitment to taking action on climate change, and working together with local communities and projects like these is an important part of that.

“It’s great to see so many people supporting the projects already – good luck to all involved!”