Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

'Crowdfund Portsmouth' is a crowdfunding initiative we launched earlier this year with Shaping Portsmouth to help local small businesses, social enterprises and individuals to raise money from the crowd and unlock match-funding from us and other grants available.

We have since made changes to the scheme to help small businesses adversely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. We hope residents will support this initiative by 'paying it forward' through the crowdfunding scheme to help these businesses survive. The scheme particularly aims to help those who do not qualify for any of the government schemes. 


The crowd have already shown their support for Portsmouth party DJ, who raised over £2,000 from the crowd and unlocked a further £2,000 match funding from us and Clipper Wines who raised £5,730 from the crowd and unlocked an additional £5,000 match funding from us. 

Current live projects include:

  • The 'We Believe' project - Portsmouth Creates want to micro-commission 20 local artists during these financially difficult times to create an awesome and original outdoor city arts trail in Portsmouth!  A pledge of just £20 will get you a print of the artwork of one of the artists. 
  • Monday night Delight - support a small family run business of self-employed DJs and donate as little as £6 for an entry to their first Delight back & Ltd poster; to £150 for a one year entry to all Delight events & merchandise. Already unlocked £1,000 match funding from us. 
  • Princess to bring sparkle to Portsmouth Community - support a self-employed children's entertainer and donate as little as £10 for a personalised pre-recorded message from a Princess; to £120 for a future Party Package with added perks. Already unlocked £500 match funding from us. 
  • The Meat Thief - Outdoor Event Catering Company - support a small family catering business and donate as little as £12 for a special designed T Shirt; to £1500 for a Covid-19 Lockdown Party for 100 guests. Already unlocked £2,000 match funding from us. 

Are you a Portsmouth business looking to crowdfund?

Through Crowdfunder UK you can ask for money from the crowd for services you can provide now or in the future when you re-open. In addition, we will offer match funding of up to £5,000 per project to those which meet set criteria. 

To find out a bit more about crowdfunding take a look at this useful guide 

When you are ready to get started the Crowdfunder coaches will be ready to give you a helping hand. Just visit


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