“Crowdfunding: a viable alternative for financing public sector infrastructure?
At a time when public sector finances are under ever-increasing pressure, crowdfunding has the potential to offer a new model of finance via an investment-based business model that generates social, environmental and economic returns.
A cross sector team lead by the University of Leeds, and in partnership with Abundance Investments and Local Partnerships, researched the viability of crowdfunding as an alternative source for funding public sector infrastructure. A report was published in April 2019, concluding that the public sector is yet to make the most of the opportunities offered by crowdfunding, and is yet to realise the financial and non-financial benefits it has been shown to generate.
Key findings of the report, which draws from an assessment of six case study projects examining the suitability of crowdfunding for the public sector, are that it:
- helps to overcome existing knowledge barriers with respect to crowdfunding
- provides a decision-making tool to demystify the process of utilising crowdfunding as a public body
- shows how crowdfunding can be utilised to create new forms of civic engagement with local residents and service users
- presents a new Community Municipal Bond structure
An overview of the research and its outcomes can be found here. Local Authorities are invited to a launch event on 18 June in Leeds, hosted by the University of Leeds, Local Partnerships and Abundance Investment. To register interest please visit financingforsociety.eventbrite.co.uk
For more information please contact Rosie.Pearson@local.gov.uk.