Hot Tap has been out in the Outer Hebrides recently to shoot our latest crowdfunding pitch video. We’re working with Gallan Head Community Trust to help them plan, promote and launch their crowdfunding campaign ‘Whales and Tea‘.
This will allow visitors to the Island the opportunity to have a cup of tea and listen to the whales through the installation of a marine hydrophone – a microphone designed to be used underwater for recording or listening to underwater sound.
Gallan Head Community Trust’s campaign aims to help increase the local economy by creating employment and learning
opportunities for local residents of the Island. The land was owned by the Ministry of Defence and used as a listening post – complete with radar tower – during the cold war. The residents of Aird Uig managed to buy out of the land through the government’s Community Right to Buy Scheme, with funding from Scottish Land Fund. The next step is to restore the land and transform one of the buildings into the visitor centre.
The crowdfunding campaign has already started and so far has raised over £1500, but it needs your help to reach the £12500 target. Hot Tap is working with Gallan Head Community Trust as a consultant and content creator through our ongoing Pilot project with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Our role is to create a campaign strategy and a package of content for the group, set up their crowdfunding page, and support them with setting their target and platform. Gallan Head is our third community consultation as part of the project, after helping community groups crowdfund for trees in Arran and Kilfinan Community Forest. We also delivered a webinar and toolkit for other community groups considering crowdfunding.
The Gallan Head group have a wonderful vision of creating a unique experience for visitors, but need support to make it happen. Show them some love, and get whale sounds, tea, art critiques and a whole lot of other cool perks in return.