Crowdfunding Campaign Guideines

Interested in launching a local crowdfunding campaign with TLC Upper Valley?  Please review these guidelines for creating, launching, and managing a successful fundraising campaign.

The following criteria must be met in order for projects to be posted on the TLC Upper Valley’s crowdfunding platform:

  • Proposes a measurable benefit to the local economy and/or improvement to the quality of life of community members.
  • Supports community and economic development goals
  • Does not propose any illegal activities and would not be considered malicious or hateful toward any individual or group.
  • Helps forward a local, green, and fair economy.
  • Based in the Upper Valley

Campaign Process Overview

Once you submit your campaign idea, it will be reviewed by our Team of Advisors at TLC Upper Valley. If it is approved, you will receive access to an account on our online platform to begin building your project’s campaign. TLC Upper Valley Advisors will guide you through the process to create, launch and manage a campaign.

This process typically takes two months from start to launch of the campaign on the platform (see timeline below). It is strongly suggested that you have a team of between three and five people to work on and provide marketing for your project.

We accept crowdfunding ideas through a Request for Proposal until December 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

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TLC Upper Valley Partners

Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation
Upper Valley SCORE
Vermont Small Business Development Center
Space on Main
Grafton Regional Development Corporation

The Local Crowd (TLC) Upper Valley is a community-based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to support the businesses, organizations, and initiatives that grow wealthier and healthier communities in our region.

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Do you have an incredible project just waiting to happen – one that would grow or strengthen your business, our community, and the local economy – if only you had the funds to make it happen?

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Erika Hoffman-Kiess

Vital Economy

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Local First

— Erika Hoffman-Kiess, Vital Economy

Erika Hoffman-Kiess joined Vital Communities in 2020 – first as a Workforce Development consultant, facilitating a workforce discussion for the Corporate Council, and subsequently joining staff to support Covid-19 economic response activities. Erika brings years of experience in program design, management, and consulting for United States Agency for International Development and other donor funded international workforce and economic development. Most recently she facilitated a statewide series of Workforce Summits for the Regional Development Corporations of Vermont, developing policy guidance for the legislature and the executive branch. Erika grew up in Thetford, graduating from Thetford Academy, and moved back to the area in 2011 after many years spent living and working across the US and abroad. She holds a BA in Political Science from Goucher College and an MPA (Master of Public Administration) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Erika lives in Thetford with her husband, Mike Kiess (also on VC staff) and enjoys spending time with extended family, exploring the natural environment and volunteering on two Boards serving international community development organizations, Tabitha USA (Cambodia) and Friends of Pakistan USA.

Nancy LaRowe

Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

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Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs a pasture-based cattle farm in Norwich. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and visiting farmers' markets.