A crowdfunding platform for civic projects supported by match funding

Simon Submitted by Simon O'Rafferty
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Crowdfunding typically relies on funding from the public. While this has led to many innovative projects it has also led to some poorly planned projects with limited impact. Match:Do will be a crowdfunding platform for civic projects and services that facilitates match funding from local authorities and city councils. Individuals and organisations can submit projects in a similar manner to other crowdfunding platforms but with the option of obtaining a significant proportion of match funding if the project is deemed viable and acceptable to the public. The vetting criteria for match funding will be transparent in order to guide the application process and capped budget will be earmarked annually for the submitted projects. Match funding is a well established method of funding research projects and it can share the funding burden between the "crowd" and the public sector.