The Local Crowd Upper Valley has numerous irons in the fire to move our local economy in a more resilient direction. They are:
- Revels North, Inc., seeking to raise $20,000 to help finance The Christmas Revels Festival, December 17- 19 in downtown Lebanon, NH. This festival will include a free outdoor Christmas Revels production in the heart of Lebanon at Colburn Park, each day from 4-6 pm that will include many of the elements audiences have come to expect from The Christmas Revels since 1975. If COVID permits, the festival will also include five reduced-capacity ticketed performances inside Lebanon Opera House by three different musical acts. The festival’s schedule will maximize the opportunity for downtown Lebanon businesses and restaurants to benefit from the audience who travels to this Festival during the holiday season. Last year, a successful TLCUV campaign helped support an animated short-film version of the Christmas Revels.
- U.V.E.R., the Upper Valley’s first and only consumer cooperative delivery service, looks to raise $6,500 to purchase two e-bikes to immediately add to their delivery fleet, speeding up deliveries from local businesses in the heart of the Upper Valley. The addition of these bikes will also allow for more environmentally sustainable delivery services that are faster thanks to not having to park a car in dense downtowns. Chris Acker, a Hartford native, started U.V.E.R. to combat the toll third-party delivery services were taking on restaurant profits and worker wages at local businesses. Acker hopes U.V.E.R. will expand to offer delivery services from other restaurants in town as well as grocery stores. The deadline for this campaign has been moved to October 31.
- TLCUV is accepting applications until October 31 for other community-based initiatives from emerging and established businesses based in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. TLCUV will select up to six social enterprises to participate in this crowdfunding cohort, based on each project’s potential to positively impact their local economy and community. While all for-profits, non-profits, and community initiatives are welcome to apply, projects based along the Route 11 Corridor of NH and Orange and Windsor Counties of VT will receive extra campaign support and resources — beyond what is currently provided to all The Local Crowd Upper Valley campaigns. Selected Route 11 Corridor proposals will receive a $500 stipend to produce a crowdfunding campaign video. Studies show that crowdfunding campaigns with videos raise four times more funds than campaigns without videos.