At present, it is not possible to find a complete dataset on all charitable grants in the UK.
360Giving exists to change this. Our vision is that UK grantmaking is more informed, effective and strategic.
Our mission is to support organisations to publish their grants data in an open, standardised way and help people to understand and use the data in order to support decision-making and learning across the charitable giving sector.
The organisation was set up because our founder, Indigo Trust Director, Fran Perrin couldn’t find the information she needed to inform her own grantmaking decisions. Read our story below.
In 2013 an open data standard was created that allows grantmakers to publish their information in an open, comparable format that anyone can freely access, use and re-use.
After a successful testing phase in 2014 a project steering group was set up by the Indigo Trust with Big Lottery Fund, Nominet Trust and Nesta. The group tested the demand for and feasibility of sharing open data about grants in the UK. As it has developed, the initiative has been met with a strongly positive response from grantmakers, both in the UK and internationally.
360Giving was established as a charity in 2015 to help drive this work forward. Our Board of Directors includes grantmakers, fundraisers, researchers and open data experts, so we personally understand the challenges these different stakeholders face and can help you take the first step to publishing and exploring open grants data.
You can read more about our plans in our organisation strategy. (PDF).
To find out more about how the Indigo Trust kick-started the publishing of open grants data, watch this video of Fran Perrin speaking at the Open Data Institute Summit 2015.