Council moots crowdfunding plan for CIL neighbourhood pot

A borough council in West Sussex is consulting on proposals to introduce a crowdfunding website to determine how Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds should be spent.

Funding: council is proposing crowdfunding plan
Funding: council is proposing crowdfunding plan

In a consultation published this week, Crawley Borough Council - which adopted its CIL charging schedule in July 2016 - said that it is proposing to set up a "community-led approach" for deciding how CIL neighbourhood funding should be spent by "using a new crowdfunding website platform".

The method would be use to determine which projects can benefit from the neighbourhood portion of the council’s infrastructure levy.

Under CIL regulations, local authorities must allocate at least 15 per cent of levy receipts to spend on priorities that should be agreed with the local community in areas where development is taking place.

In Crawley, CIL’s neighbourhood portion is estimated to total £1.1 million over the period 2017 to 2030, council documents show.

The documents say that crowdfunding is an "innovative method of prioritising and funding new neighbourhood improvement projects. The community, residents and organisations take charge by donating money towards the projects that they care about and want to support".

Under the council’s proposals, local community organisations, charities or social enterprises will be able to submit proposals onto a crowdfunding website to seek CIL funding towards.

Projects must attract pledges for 25 per cent of their target amounts before they can be considered for a CIL funding pledge by the council, the documents say. The council says it may pledge 50 per cent of the project up to a maximum value of £5,000 from the CIL fund.

The consultation closes on 8 December 2017.

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