Sustaining progressive funding practice
Since March 2020, many funders have transformed their relationship with charities, dismantling onerous processes and proactively offering a range of financial and technical support. This new mood of agility, trust and common endeavour points the way to a healthier and more collaborative relationship between funders and the VCSE sector.
The challenge now is for funders and VCSE organisations together to interrogate these new behaviours and to nurture and grow the best of them into the future. Examples of what this new approach might involve and require are set out here.
24 September 2020
A simple ambition for grant-making: unrestricted and light-touch
Eliza Buckley outlines why we are working with charities and funders to "translate words – ‘trust’, ‘speed’, ‘light touch’ – into visible, practical and durable changes to behaviour and practice" within grant-making.
05 April 2020
Covid-19: How funders can ease reporting requirements
Ben Cairns | IVAR and Gina Crane | Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Funders across the UK are busy adapting their processes to better support their grantees and the wider sector in the face of the spread and emerging impact of the coronavirus. We asked what immediate action they are taking to lighten the reporting load on grantees and be truly responsive.
27 March 2020
Covid-19: Getting money quickly to frontline services
How can funders respond quickly and effectively to the challenge of supporting and sustaining the wider sector through this crisis?
'Lived experience' in grant-making practice
Sonakshi Anand, Charlotte Pace
We have summarised what 'lived experience' within grant-making processes means for four intermediary funders working with Comic Relief. In light of the Covid-19 crisis, it feels more important than ever to open lines of communication between funders and communities.
New principles for grant reporting
Over the course of two workshops in April and September 2018, a group of funders and funded organisations developed a set of principles to make grant reporting a shared, more meaningful and mutually beneficial experience.
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