SWLEN Crowdfund



Crowdfund to protect and enhance South West London’s environment

Launched in Richmond upon Thames, and coming to other Boroughs soon, #SWLENcrowdfund is South West London’s dedicated crowdfunding site for environmental and green space projects. Find and support a local project to make a difference in your community. What’s more, you can add ‘Gift Aid’ to your donations meaning your favourite local project gets even more. View the case studies based on our latest successful crowdfunds

If you have an idea then we can help you create a campaign!

We will create you a project page on #SWLENcrowdfund and give you all the advice and support you need to run your own marketing campaign.

We will promote your project via social media and to our supporters.

Donors can instantly make a secure donation, via our website.

SWLEN will transfer the funds to your organisation once the campaign is complete. We’ll also claim the Gift Aid.


Ready to crowdfund with us? Fill in the SWLEN Crowdfund Application Form and email it to us at crowdfund@swlen.org.uk

Crowdfunding is a popular way to get involved and help raise money for projects and causes. SWLEN uses a charity donation-based crowdfunding model whereby people/groups apply to us to have a ‘project page’ for their local environmental project for a defined period of time. If the project meets our criteria we set up a ‘page’ on our website which anyone can view; it displays information about the project and allows people to donate. Our charity and the originator of the project promote the ‘project page’ to solicit donations.

Learn more about crowdfunding and donation crowdfunding through Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdfunding


If you tick the sign-up option whilst completing the donation section we will keep you updated on the project’s success and also on other environmental news, events, volunteering, and other crowdfunding projects near you. By doing this, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy as stated at https://swlen.org.uk/swlen-privacy-policy/ . At SWLEN we take your privacy seriously and are committed to protecting your personal information. We will aim not to contact you more than once a month and you can unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time by just clicking the ‘Unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of the e-mail we send you.


It takes just a few steps to donate:

1. Choose a local group or project from the list below you would like to support

2. Clicking on the project to read more about it

3. Pledge your support by clicking the Donate button

4. Enter the amount you wish to donate and fill in the form with your details

5. Securely submit your donation

If you prefer to make an offline donation, simply make your cheque payable to: ‘SWLEN Groups Account’ with the name of the project you are donating to written on the back. Please post your cheque to: South West London Environment Network, E.T.N.A. Community Centre, 13 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham, TW1 2AR

Yes, if you are a UK tax payer you can tick the Gift Aid box when making your donation and boost the amount by 25%.  SWLEN is a charity and donations made on our platform are made to us and we are able to claim the Gift Aid and donate this to successful projects.

For more information on tax relief when you donate to a charity, please read HMRC’s guidance for donors.


There is. You can share that you have donated to your social media to encourage others to also donate. The project owner may also need volunteers, perhaps you could give some time? You could also raise awareness in your community.

We are a charity, we will charge an admin fee of 5% plus transaction fees*. These are used to support local charitable environmental initiatives.

We will claim Gift Aid on your behalf –  further boosting your fundraising, plus we will accept and process cheque payments on your behalf.

*Transaction fees are £0.20 for every successful transaction plus the following, as appropriate:

1.2% for EU Visa and MasterCard transactions 
2.9% for Non EU and American Express transactions

If you make a pledge with SWLEN Crowdfund, then the money will be taken from your card or PayPal account right after. Some campaigns will only take the funds from your account if they reach the total fundraising goal, whereas others may accept all donations. This will be specified on the campaign page.

When people and groups apply to have a SWLEN Crowdfund project with us, we work with them to ensure they have a viable project and budget as well as have the necessary permissions in place.

Yes, you can also donate by cheque. Cheques need to be made out ‘SWLEN Groups Account’ and posted to SWLEN, E.T.N.A. Community Centre, 13 Rosslyn, Twickenham TW1 2AR. Please ensure you write the ‘project name’ on the back of your cheque so the donation can be correctly allocated.

SWLEN Crowdfund donations are made on a SSL secure website that uses the same encryption technology to keep your card/account details safe, as major online retailers and banks.

We can put you in contact with the project owner. Please email us at crowdfund@swlen.org.uk. You can also leave a comment on the campaign page although this doesn’t guarantee organisation will respond directly. Best to email us.

You can cancel your donation up to 2 working days before the campaign closes. To do this please email us at crowdfund@swlen.org.uk and including details of the campaign and payment pledged.

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