The first four projects selected by the call for civic crowdfunding promoted by the Social Cohesion Directorate of the City of Venice started yesterday. Civic crowdfunding is a way to raise funds to support a project using an online platform, through which citizens have the opportunity to support a project of public utility. A similar initiative has been launched twice by the City of Milan, funded by Pon Metro Milano 2014-2020 with an endowment of $645,000 (€550,000) and carried out in collaboration with Produzioni dal Basso, Ginger Crowdfunding, and Super – Scuola Superiore di Arti Applicate del Castello Sforzesco.
Returning to the civic crowdfunding in Venice, the projects can be subscribed through Produzioni Dal Basso, the first Italian platform of crowdfunding and social innovation. If through the fundraising will be reached the goal of at least 50% of the collection of the project, the Municipality will intervene covering the remaining share up to a maximum of $5,800 (€5,000). The non-repayable contribution allocated by the City will reach up to $82,000 (€70,000) in total.
The initiative is part of the program “La città SIcura di sé”, co-financed by the European Social Fund through the operational program Pon Metro, through which the City intends to support and accompany the implementation of innovative and sustainable projects, able to meet the needs of the city and its inhabitants. The civic crowdfunding initiative was announced last November. The call to choose the projects to be funded was launched last February by the City of Venice. To date, the first four projects have been selected for funding; the campaigns to fund the other 10 projects will start on September 30th.
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The four projects selected for the Civic Crowdfunding of Venice
“Cortincampo – il grande cinema mobile”, is a project of the Association INDiversity ODV, dedicated to the diffusion of cinema and film culture, involving the population in the planning of events and for the screening of films in unconventional places in the city.
The Association “I Sette Nani” has developed the project “La miniera dei sette nani” (The mine of the seven dwarfs), to create opportunities for relational, intergenerational, and intercultural exchange, and to help overcome stereotypes in a public city park.
The project “ONDEW – Let’s face climate change together”, is an initiative of the NGO “We are here Venice” that consists in activating the participation and exchange of experiences on climate change and on the adaptation methods adopted by the Venetian community. The aim is to create an opportunity for exchange, enrichment, and mutual knowledge, in particular with the local community of Bangladesh.
The project “Spesa S.O.S.Tenibile” is an idea born from the Social Cooperative “La Rosa Blu”, which will experiment with a new way to activate inclusive relationships and transversal solidarity, develop skills, and autonomy of people with intellectual relational disabilities involving the elderly of the neighborhood. It is to provide a free home shopping delivery service, creating a “Blue Rose Point” for the collection of orders and delivery of products.
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