Grantmaking is complex. Giving shouldn't be.

The demand for grant funding in the UK’s third sector has never been greater.

Giving by all UK foundations is worth over £8bn per year across multiple sectors and causes.

There are over 27,000 active grantmaking trusts and foundations in the UK. The number of grantmaking trusts and foundations in the UK recently hit an 8-year high.

Grantmakers want to fund worthy causes aligned to their funding objectives but struggle to engage high-quality applicants.

This journey is further complicated by outdated tools and processes, limited resources and ongoing pressures to deliver at pace and scale, making it equally challenging for grant seekers to secure invaluable funding.

Today’s changemakers need access to simple and streamlined funding processes. We provide tools, processes and expertise to shape, streamline and automate grantmaking at scale, shifting the focus onto measurable outcomes, driven by quantifiable data.


 

Our grantmaking process 

Due Diligence. 

Our due diligence process has been approved by HMRC and recently reviewed by PwC as part of our DCMS contract. Organisations complete the due diligence process online prior to applying for the grant, ensuring that applications only come from eligible groups. This process can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the organisation type. Due diligence work is done at all points in the process, before funding, during funding and after funding.

Application Management

Our co -branded online application form will be developed in -line with your grant programme requirements. The online application solution has been developed and improved over the last five years, with applicants rating it’s ease as 4.89/5 during monitoring feedback.

Assessment Management

Our systems automatically score applications based on quantitative data in -line with criteria agreed with the funder. We can either score the qualitative data or leave this to be done by the funder. We can also filter through applications that have scored over a certain threshold if requested. Funding decisions can be made as a collective partnership or handled by the funder themselves

Fund Distribution

We handle fund disbursements, ensuring that organisations receive funding within two weeks of a funding decision. We also handle communications to organisations and notify them once funds have been deposited into their accounts. Organisations will be able to download reports through our systems on the funds they receive and it will be attributed to the funder. We can provide comprehensive data reporting which includes project summaries, beneficiary information, projected impact, and grant payment status.

Ready made CSR, Marketing and PR, Monitoring and Impact Reporting

We build impact reports from successful applicants and facilitate monitoring visits to give you peace of mind and evidence that your grant programme is making a difference. We work with partners to create grant holder packs to advise organisations how to publicly acknowledge their grant and thank the funder. We have received completed monitoring from 82% of grantees who have received a grant over one year ago. This is a high average for the sector. 


 

Who we have worked with this year.

DCMS Community Match Challenge

Delivered £2m+ grant programme on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport to support over 400 organisations through emergency funding.

WPD Community Matters Fund

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is committed to supporting the communities it serves and its local environment through their Community Matters Fund.

People’s Postcode Lottery.

Currently delivering a £1m grant partnership programme to support 2000 local charitable organisations across the United Kingdom. 

FareShare Emergency Funding.

Carried out due diligence and fund distribution services for FareShare helping them to support over 300 local charities and community groups.


 

Working together to support grassroots causes. 

Over the last decade we have supported thousands of local charities and community groups across the UK to diversify their income and develop their online fundraising and marketing skills. Much of this success was achieved through our close collaborative work with philanthropists, businesses, government and key sector partners. We are always looking for new opportunities to support our members and always happy to discuss new ideas. 

For Philanthropists. Leverage your donation and reach thousands of local groups. With a single donation, you can invest in long-term initiatives to support vetted local charities and community groups, providing the foundations for a thriving, sustainable and effective local voluntary sector.

For Businesses. We help a wide range of businesses to engage with local charities and support the voluntary sector in their area. Whether you're a small local business or a multi-national corporate, we'll work with you to understand your organisation's objectives, engage and motivate your employees and make a positive impact on your community.

We offer a range of options to help you support local charities in your area, to get involved or for more information, please contact us at help@localgiving.org.

Contact our specialist grants team today to find out how you can work with us: Ryan.Swanich@Localgiving.Org