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Insights for grantmakers

Grants Management Intelligence is aimed at boosting the efficiency and effectiveness of grantmakers and funders, with a focus on Australian trends.

The publication features in-depth studies of grantmaking issues from our own experts and research; other leaders in the field; and employing our exclusive access to SmartyGrants data, It is focused on practical ways to improve your grants program and help you make best practice, standard practice.

From the basics to expert-level commentary, we've covered:

  • Social and impact measurement
  • Analysis of our annual Grants In Australia Survey
  • Best practice data use
  • Grants round closing times and trends - including best days and times to close
  • Grants assessment panels - covering size, gender, deadlines and processes
  • Unsubmitted grants applications - including data on submissions and best practice recommendations
  • Preventative and Participatory grantmaking

This makes Grants Management Intelligence a must-read publication for federal, state and local grantmakers, funders and policymakers; local councillors and community development workers; philanthropic and corporate funders; and financial and legal advisors.

The quarterly publication is just one of the benefits of membership of the Australian Institute of Grants Management. Learn more and sign up here.

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December 2018: Cracking the code

Evaluation that kills, the best social measurement pratitioners in the country, the failure of evidence-based policy making and a future currency for measuring good works. They're all covered in the December issue. 

November 2018: The future of grantmaking

What are all the innovations in our sector? We survey the scene for what's happening at the AIGM, SmartyGrants and the Innovation Lab; relive highlights from the Grantmaking in Australia Conference and go inside the mind of a grantwriter. 

August 2018: The secrets of grants success

Any grantmaker will tell you that they'd love to know more about their grantseekers, who is winning, and why. We've summarised the key findings of our Grants in Australia research, and spoken to great thinkers including digital governance pioneer Lucy Bernholz and high-trust grantmaking leader Genevieve Timmons in this edition. 

April 2018: Inside the evaluation edition

Knowing whether your grantmaking really works matters to everyone: the funders, the recipients, the beneficiaries, the authorities, and your supporters. That's where evaluation comes in. While our last Grants in Australia survey reveals 60% of large not-for-profits say grantmakers are demanding increased outcomes measurement, reporting and evaluation, only 12% are winning funding for the purpose. Clearly, the grantmaking sector must respond.

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. 

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

As you know, the size of Australia's grants industry is astonishing. And we 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, analysis, information about the impact on councils, and how to work with smaller groups.

June 2017 edition: What grantmakers must do now

We distill the top ten actions grantmakers should take now. 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.

March 2017: Act fast with 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.

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

About our previous editions



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.


August, 2016


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.


Grants in Australia 2010 survey


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


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


Grants in Australia 2007 survey


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.


Grants in Australia 2007 survey


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

Grants in Australia survey 2006


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


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


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

Grants in Australia 2012 survey


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



A better measure of value: The Universal Commons

Leading Australian philanthropist Alan Schwartz is tackling one of the hardest challenges the planet faces: to put a true value on the social and natural capital of the world, including health, literacy, trust, clean water and biodiversity.

Whatever happened to evidence-based policy making?

An abridged version of Gary Banks' address for the Alf Rattigan Lecture for the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) that points the way for what's worked in the past, and what can be done to avoid policy on the run.

How evaluation can kill: Why we can't just keep evaluating to justify

Leading social impact thinker Ross Wyatt says many funders and grantseekers are trapped by evaluations aiming to prove what they did was right. Here's how to do better.

Cracking the code: Funders the key to unlocking evidence-based practice

Our Community's Chaos Controller and executive director Kathy Richardson examines how we might create a sector where there are incentives for using evidence.