Councils

Funding councils to help build greener, more resilient communities

  • 1 CMI
    open now
  • 1 CMI
    funded
Councils

Making local investments with a global impact

You can help tackle the climate emergency, and build more resilient communities, by investing in our new Community Municipal Investments (CMIs). New for 2020, these innovative investments will help ignite a green recovery from the pandemic, by letting you invest directly in councils across the UK who are delivering real green and social infrastructure projects.

We need both public and private sector to build the future we need

It is well known that we need to build new, more resilient infrastructure to meet the challenge of the climate emergency. Not only that, but delivering the changes we need will require the public and private sector to work together to help enable the practical steps to make this happen.

You might associate your local council with bin collections, libraries and social care. But the reality is they have much broader remit. Indeed historically, councils were involved in building much of the infrastructure that we take for granted, including local power, water and transport networks. Now many councils are putting themselves on the forefront of building the sustainable and resilient infrastructure of the future, and supporting businesses and residents to make positive changes. Since December 2018, two thirds of councils have declared a climate emergency — and that figure is rising. And of those 287 councils, over 170 are calling for a speedier timeframe and focusing on a 2030 deadline for Net Zero emissions to be reached.

“As a council, we want to inspire, drive and support our communities to address the challenges of the climate emergency, working in partnership to achieve real change. The Community Municipal Bond will support this work.”

Warrington Borough Council Leader, Russ Bowden

Investing in councils can help build the more resilient infrastructure we need

Local councils are well placed to lead and deliver real change. But, to bring their plans to life, they need to invest in the long term sustainability of the communities they serve, and that’s where our Community Municipal Investments come in.

For investors, these investments offer a new way to mobilise your money for good. Every Community Municipal Investment lets you put your money to work on building the long term infrastructure that will create greener, more resilient communities. And because the investment is being issued by a council, rather than a private company, you get access to a lower risk long term investment that can help with your financial planning.

Taken together, the benefits of Community Municipal Investments really demonstrate the power of citizen-led, democratic finance. By coming together, investors, residents and local councils can make a collective impact on building a better future, and share in the financial benefits.

You can invest in Community Municipal Investments today

Our first CMI - in partnership with West Berkshire Council - is now fully funded and our second CMI with Warrington Council is open for investment now. We expect to launch investments with a further four councils over the next year.