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Tuesday, September 17 • 11:15am - 12:05pm
Introducing the Fair Finance Fund | The Big Local Programme in England: Trusting Communities to Make Spending Decisions

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Introducing the Fair Finance Fund | Chelsie Hunt:
The Fair Finance Fund is a non-profit social finance fund dedicated to providing loans and mentorship services to local food and farm enterprises across Ontario. The fund lends to regionally owned food and farm enterprises including: co-ops, non-profits, for profits, and charities whose mission is focused on the social purpose of local production and local markets. The fund is building on seed capital and has an ongoing investment opportunity for community-minded investors. Individuals and institutions who want to invest their capital to strengthen local food systems in Ontario and support food that is grown, raised and processed in their own backyards can purchase a bond!

The Big Local Programme in England: Trusting Communities to Make Spending Decisions | Margret Bolton:
In the UK there's a lot of rhetoric about devolving power to communities but very few examples and even fewer where the shift in power is to the most deprived communities. The Big Local Programme is a striking example of what can be achieved through shifting decision making power to communities. Through the Big Local programme 150 deprived neighbourhoods in England were each awarded £1m. These neighbourhoods were then tasked with establishing a partnership made up predominantly of local residents. The partnerships consulted, agreed on spending plans and are now leading implementation. Half way through this 15 year programme the results are very promising. Some areas have developed impressive local economic development projects including community housing, renewable energy, cultural and heritage based regeneration and tourism development.

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Margaret Bolton

Director of Policy, Local Trust
Margaret Bolton leads Local Trust's policy programme. This is currently focused on influencing the government's proposals for replacing EU Structural and Investment Funds and the newly announced Stronger Towns Funds (£1.6b for 'left behind' towns and coastal areas). The Local Trust... Read More →
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Chelsie Hunt

Social Finance Specialist, Fair Finance Fund
Chelsie Hunt is the social finance specialist for the Fair Finance Fund. Her background is within the financial sector, working first as a quant then transitioning into environmental finance. She has worked with experts researching the financialization of the agricultural sector... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 11:15am - 12:05pm EDT
Salon B RBC Place London, 300 York St, London, ON N6B 1P8, Canada