Got a bright idea? It's In Your Hands!

Reading FundSpace is the University of Reading’s bespoke crowdfunding platform. It has been developed for our students and staff to support them in the creation and delivery of their unique and engaging fundraising projects. These projects will make a difference not only for current students but also the wider University and community we serve.

We want to put these opportunities in your hands, because we believe that imagination gives you the power to change the world. We want you to achieve your dreams and impact our communities in significant ways!

So, what is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is when a project or a cause is funded by a large number of people each contributing a small amount of money. Most people donate to project areas that interest or excite them, causes that they believe in, or to support people they care about.

Donation or reward-based crowdfunding works on the premise that individuals who donate will receive something from you in return – a literal thank you such as a postcard, tickets to a performance or a t-shirt, for example. These rewards are really important for showing your supporters that they have helped to make a difference!

What kind of projects are suitable for Reading FundSpace?

If you think that you have a great idea, then we want to hear from you! Projects can be about almost anything, but most importantly they should focus on the benefits they will provide to students, the University, or the wider community. We want to see projects that are creative and innovative, as well as achieving impact - and it goes without saying that they need to be ethical, legal, and in line with University policy.

Crowdfunding can be fast, efficient, and effective if done right – but the success of a project is, you guessed it, in your hands! The more enthusiastic, active, and dedicated you are; the more successful your project is likely to be. Remember, have fun with it – and if you’re in any doubt about whether an idea is suitable, check out our list of guidelines, or contact one of the Reading FundSpace team here.