In 2017, The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock — a locally based crowdfunding platform — supported campaigns based in Keene, Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Swanzey and Winchester. In the New Year, we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding into Alstead, Jaffrey and Peterborough, too! What does that mean to you? It means that if you have a great idea — one that strengthens your local economy and community — and live in one of these eight towns, you can apply to launch a crowdfunding campaign with TLC Monadnock.
If you’ve heard of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, you might understand how crowdfunding works. However, TLC Monadnock is different from other crowdfunding platforms. It’s designed specifically for rural communities. Also, you’re not alone when you launch a campaign with TLC Monadnock — we provide education, support and hyper-local tools to connect local businesses, organizations and community groups with the capital they need to thrive.
These differences recently earned us a Crowdfundie Award presented at the Global Crowdfunding Conference in Las Vegas. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the crowdfunding industry. People are beginning to notice what our community is doing to inspire more local investing!
Since we launched in March, four crowdfunding campaigns have collectively raised $34,946 from over 200 individuals. Our most recent campaign, the Bicycle Mayor of Keene, met its $1,300 goal just five days after publicly launching. Tiffany Mannion, the inaugural Bicycle Mayor of Keene will focus on three areas during her two year term: education, connection and creation. TLC Monadnock funded her first goal, to create an online hub that connects our community of riders to each other. Connect with her at bicyclemayorofkeene.com.
Two TLC Monadnock campaigns focused on sustainable agriculture: Archway Farm’s Farm to Table on Wheels project and Stonewall Farm’s Barn Raising project. Archway Farm bought a Sausage Cart and traveled to various community events this summer, introducing their pasture-raised pork and other local products to new people throughout our region. Stonewall Farm plans to invest their funds in a new barn for their small animals and offer more space for the farm’s education programs.
Our third campaign, the Monadnock Placemaker project, focused on independent retail and the power of online tools to inspire more of us to spend our dollars at locally owned businesses. Funds from this campaign will go into launching a local rewards program this winter. Learn more about all four projects.
Three new campaigns are now in the development stage: Safe Streets project from the Hinsdale Beautification Committee, Moving Outdoors project from the Montessori Schoolhouse of Cheshire County and Chesterfield Community Supported Solar project from the Monadnock Sustainability Network.
Once these new crowdfunding campaigns launch, you can join with your friends and neighbors to support the campaigns that inspire you — by giving any amount of money you feel able and moved to give (from $1 on up!). Some campaigns provide rewards for your support — a thank you gift for funding their project. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay updated. Just send us an email and we’ll add you to our contact list.
In Search of New Campaigns for 2018
So, now we turn to you and ask: Do you have a great idea that could use a lift? Will your project support community goals, while keeping to a budget of $10,000 or less? Are you, or is your business or organization, based in Alstead, Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Keene, Peterborough, Swanzey or Winchester? If yes, then please consider funding your project through The Local Crowd Monadnock. We are accepting crowdfunding proposals until January 12, 2018.
Here’s an added incentive to submit a proposal now: TLC Monadnock will select one proposal to receive a free video, donated by 710 Main Films, to support their crowdfunding campaign. Crowdfunding campaigns with pitch videos receive four times more funds than campaigns without a video.
TLC Monadnock is hosted by Monadnock Buy Local and supported by a leadership team that includes the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Region Planning Commission, New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, Monadnock Buy Local, Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and Monadnock Economic Development Corporation. We’re looking for other economic development groups beyond Keene to join our leadership team. Contact us today for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-499-7950.
As our TLC Monadnock crowd expands, we hope you will join us. We are collectively funding the things we want to see more of in our little corner of the world.