Lessons about Funding Plus

How funders can add value to grant-making by going beyond the money.

What is funding plus?

We use the term ‘funding plus’ to describe ‘any activity which is additional to a grant and the grant-making process’.

Other terms in use include ‘grants plus’ and ‘funder plus’.

Should all funders go beyond the money?

For a small number of foundations, the distinction between ‘funding’ and ‘plus’ is consciously and deliberately blurred: going beyond the money may be automatic and is an expression of values and beliefs. For others, funding plus might just not be the right thing. While there’s no shame in that, we do encourage all funders to engage in debate and discussion about the best and fullest use of their assets to support funded organisations.

Making funding plus work

Our insights are drawn from work with:

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