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Grants Management Intelligence

Insights for grantmakers from the AIGM

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Grants Management Intelligence is Australia's first and best, home-grown publication, aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Australian grantmakers and funders. Join us now for the best grants intelligence available.
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GMI  provides in-depth examinations of grantmaking issues, with  information, advice, guidance and perspectives drawing on knowledge from the AIGM's 10+ years of existence, and backed by data several sources including SmartyGrants, Australia's leading grants management solution.

The AIGM's exclusive access SmartyGrants data has allowed GMI and the AIGM to develop new benchmarks. And through GMI, members have first access to the knowledge.

Past issues of GMI have covered:

  • Grants round closing times and trends - including best days and times to close
  • Grants assessment panels - with data on assessment panel size, gender make-up, time taken and processes
  • Unsubmitted grants applications - including data on submissions and best practice recommendations
  • Preventative grantmaking
  • Participatory grantmaking, including collective giving and giving circles
  • Results from our annual Grants In Australia Survey - analysing grantseeker attitudes and behaviours across the nation
  • Big data and how you can use it properly

GMI extracts those  lessons, with a focus on with practical suggestions about incorporating these lessons into your own grants program - making best practice, standard practice.

GMI is must-read material for:

  • Federal Government policymakers, grantmakers and funders
  • State Government policymakers, grantmakers and funders
  • Local Government grantmakers, community development workers and councillors
  • Philanthropic foundations and trusts
  • Private companies distributing funds 
  • Financial and legal advisors

Backed by AIGM's news coverage, GMI will keep you in front of the information flood.

GMI is just one of the many membership benefits for Australian Institute of Grants Management members. Sign up here.


A taste of recent editions

November 2017: Community reports with clout

Prove it. That's the challenge that runs through every grant program.

When it comes to reporting, you as a grantmaker must prove that you have allocated money well, you must prove it has been properly spent, and you must decide where you'll spend money in future. It's a tough business, but community foundations - 36 locally based philanthropic groups distributing $21 million in grants each year in Australia - have shown us all a way forward. That way is called Vital Signs, and is a special focus for this edition. 

Also in this issue: 

Powerful information: Inside the Vital Signs framework - what's different and who can use it?
Global effect: What impact has Vital Signs had in Fremantle, Melbourne, New Zealand and Canada?
Artificial intelligence: The disruption of distribution
Crunch time: Why local government is getting into grants data
The politics of change: Managing the vertigo of a post-Trump world
Technology solutions: Equip your grant recipients to help you measure impact

August 2017 edition: Lessons from the Grants in Australia 2017 research study.

In this issue of Grants Management Intelligence, we examine the results of our Grants in Australia 2017 study.

As you may know, the size of Australia's grants industry is astonishing.

At last count, government grants to the country's 50,794 registered charities were worth $55.7 billion, up by $13.7 billlion on the year before. (Source: Australian Charities Report 2015). That doesn't include billions more in other government grants to not-for-profits that aren't charities, or funds distributed by corporate, philanthropic or private funds.

That's a massive movement of money. And we know you want to ensure that every grant dollar you allocate has the maximum benefit. We're here to help, and that's why this "survey says" edition brings you:

Exclusive research: With all the key findings from our grants research study

Grant experts' analysis: Feedback, deadlines, data and other lessons for funders

Local government impact: Will councils soon be paying more?

Grants as risky business: Why philanthropy points to the future

Think small: How to help groups grow with grants

Special report: What grantseekers really think about your program



Exclusive research: June 2017 edition reveals what grantmakers must do now

Ahead of the Grants in Australia 2017 survey of nearly 1300 grantseekers across the nation, and in a sneak preview for AIGM members, we distilled the top ten actions grantmakers should take now, and included them in this edition.

The recommendations we've included aren't easy fixes, but all point to significant grantmaking resources on the AIGM site. Appropriately, other topics in this edition further explore issues raised in that "to do" list. Each extend the "hot spot" discussions at our Grantmaking in Australia conference in March. And, of course, draw on the expertise of leading grantmakers. Topics in this edition cover:

Feedback: How the Army has turned defeat into victory

Final reports: How to think outside the box

Grant survey findings: Details about what actions you can take right now

Incomplete applications: What you can do to get them over the line

Core funding: The Community Broadcasting Foundation's solution

Data: How you can use our CLASSIE system

Multi-year funding: Consultant Kate Caldecott takes a closer look

Pre-application briefings: How to make the most of them




Act fast: March 2017 edition features quick response grants

Hot on the heels of the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM)'s Grantmaking in Australia Conference, this edition has latest thinking on quick response grants, a tool increasingly used by funders wanting a quick impact with minimum fuss.

We've spoken to several grantmakers with wildly different goals, yet all aiming to use swifter payments to improve the results of their grants practice.

Among examples we've included are:

Regional Arts Australia, which is using quick turnaround techniques to send performers from the desert to the coast to play to sell-out crowds (among many other things);

the Queensland Government's online disaster response portal, which works to distribute emergency cash to victims, within as little as six hours; 

the Moonee Valley Council's small grants program, which helps young athletes, small groups and others to thrive; and, 

the Sidney Myer Fund, whose cash injection to a suburban breakdancing troupe L2R (pictured) helped both organisations reach out to a diverse and disadvantaged community. 

We've also thought carefully about the risks and rewards of using quick response grants with the help of our thinker-in-residence Chris Borthwick.

More editions: Still not sure? Click here for more detail about our past editions.

About our previous editions

NOVEMBER 2016

A GENDER-WISE LENS

Working with the Australian Women Donors Network, we spoke with  network chair Deanne Weir, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Australian of the Year David Morrison, and others about  gender-wise grantmaking.


NOVEMBER 2016


August, 2016

DIPPING INTO DATA

Our special report into grants and the use of data. Inside:
- US expert Andrew Means' insights
- Data and the work of the US Robin Hood Foundation
- Our social change taxonomy project, CLASSIE.


AUGUST 2016

Grants in Australia 2010 survey

HOT CONFERENCE TIPS

Wisdom from from our 2016 Grantmaking in Australia Conference.
- Feedback and timelines
- Problems with applications
- Funding operational costs
- Highly political processes
- Grant program accessibility

MAY 2016
Grants in Australia 2009 survey

GRANTS SURVEY 2015

The latest findings explain the:
- Lack of feedback from grantmakers
Funding drop for multi-year grants
- The rise of online grants
- Briefing grantseekers



FEBRUARY 2016


Grants in Australia 2007 survey

UNSUBMITTED APLICATIONS

We're here to help with:
- Where to start when looking at your unsubmitted applications
- Expert tips, ideas and questions to ask about the issue.




DECEMBER 2015

Grants in Australia 2007 survey

GRANTS ASSESSMENT PANELS

Using SmartyGrants data, we examine best-practice assessment, covering:
- Benefits and drawbacks of options
- The gender split
- Timelines and processes



SEPTEMBER 2015
Grants in Australia survey 2006

PREVENTATIVE POLICIES

Insights on "preventative grantmaking", answering:
- How do you know if a preventative approach is going to prevent anything?
- How do you measure the success of preventative grantmaking if the aim is to try and have something NOT occur?
JUNE 2015
Grants in Australia 2012 survey

CONFERENCE FINDINGS

Our 2015 conference was built around the theme of "Knowledge is Power", with presenters exploring the many way grantmakers can benefit - and can improve their efforts - by turning data and information into real, useful knowledge.

APRIL 2015
Grants in Australia 2012 survey

PARTICIPATORY GRANTS

Options for funders considering participatory grantmaking, including:
- Collective giving and giving circles
- Advisory councils
- Community consultation
- Live grantmaking & contests
- Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing

FEBRUARY 2015
Grants in Australia 2012 survey

CLOSING YOUR ROUND

Facts, stats and more covers:
- When grantmakers close rounds
- Grantseekers' submission habits
- Our best practice benchmarks
- Late application policies
- What to do after closing your round


NOVEMBER 2014

 

News
The Geelong Project's outcomes focus gets results

How a small city slashed homelessness, boosted school results and became a model for the world with evaluation excellence.

News
The dangers of data on autopilot, a 'biased' view

We have seen some profound progress in assessment algorithms. However, these algorithms are not without risk. And a wrong diagnosis, unfair assessment or false result could have huge implications, writes data scientist Joost van der Linden

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News
ACNC's grant study reveals big surprises

Australian grantmaking charities provide more than $4 billion annually in grants and donations, and hold more than $56 billion in assets, according to new research.

News
Councils leading the way in open data

Four local councils around Australia have been working with SmartyGrants to open up their data. Learn more about the open data pilot project.