Grant-making practices

Funders working together to improve aspects of their own practices, or those of the grant-making sector as as whole.


DEI Data Standard

A group to create and utilise a standardised DEI taxonomy

The DEI Data Group is an independent working group convened by Fozia Irfan and Josh Cockroft, and includes a range of foundations and funders from across the United Kingdom. The key thread that connects these foundations is the understanding that without an effective framework to capture DEI data there can be no effective action to identify and target funding to address structural inequalities. This led to the creation of the DEI Data Standard. 


Losing Control in Funding Network

Peer action learning for people working in grant-making who want to learn together and take action to shift power in funding.

The Losing Control in Funding Network re-launched in September 2021. New funders are welcome to join the network at any point over the coming year.

The network is a chance to hear from, meet, get support from and give support to others that are trying to find effective ways to shift power and rethink accountability in funding. 

Resources and insights

DEI Data Group Standard V1

In August 2020, the DEI Data Group commissioned a framework to monitor equity considerations in grantmaking, with a view to including the data in published grants information. This work was funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Wed, 03/24/2021 - 10:38 | Josh

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DEI Data Standard Guidance V1

This guidance is intended to be for funders to support the implementation of the framework.

The guidance includes a recommendation of how funders should collect the data/frame the questions for the purpose of grants. The guidance is not intended to apply to other purposes. It is acknowledged that funders may choose to use the code-list itself for other purposes in different ways – for example for their staff profile, reporting percentages against categories.


Wed, 03/24/2021 - 10:43 | Josh

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Equalities Data Project Discussion Paper

This paper is a discussion document to get input into a project to work towards a shared taxonomy for voluntary sector organisations that work with and support communities of identity or experience, particularly minoritised communities.

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 13:36 | marmelo

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Key workers: creative ageing in lockdown and after

The creative ageing sector's response to supporting the wellbeing of older people during COVID-19 has been immensely impressive. However these organisations, like the rest of the arts sector, are worried about the future.

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 12:43 | Ab

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North East VCSE Sector COVID-19 Impact Survey

This is the second of two collaborative surveys carried out during 2020 to understand the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations and their beneficiaries in North East England.

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 23:59 | Joanna

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North East and Cumbria Funders Network: Covid-19 Funding Survey Report November 2020

The purpose of this survey was to gather information from funders and other grant-giving organisations on their funding activity throughout the pandemic, covering any Covid-19 grants awarded to organisations/groups, how their grant-making practices responded to the situation, the concerns and challenges faced and their plans for the future.

Tue, 02/09/2021 - 00:25 | Joanna

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