MissionFish, (the company recently purchased by eBay which handles eBay for Charity payments), have just announced to charitable grants of up to £10,000 to support charities that want to set up online businesses and need additional funding to get started.
The grants will provide funding for charities to set up an online trading or fund raising business, or grow an existing online trading business, by taking advantage of platforms such as eBay for Charity to raise unrestricted funding for their charity.
During the trial, two grants of up to £10,000 are available, with a view to exploring demand. If more than two sufficiently high quality applications are received, MissionFish may make further funds available to support them.
247 TopSeller, an eBay ecommerce solutions provider, have agreed to support the charitable grants with a year’s ecommerce consultancy and advice, and a high-quality design upgrade and accompanying hosting and support. 247 TopSeller will also offer to develop a Webstore, if required, at a highly subsidised cost.
Whilst £10,000 sounds like a lot of money to set up a new eBay online business if a charity needs to recruit new staff, set up storage or transport for collection of donated goods it will soon be swallowed up. It’s going to be interesting to see how the chosen charities make use of the funds and how the £10,000 assists them in increasing their online fundraising.
Charities interested in starting a new online fundraising venture have until the 31st July to submit their MissionFish Online Business Grant Application Form.