For this report we’ve organised UK grantmakers into a number of different segments based on their grantmaking characteristics, with five broad categories. The categories are:
- Grantmaker – UK trusts and foundations making grants, generally to charities and non-profit groups in the UK. Includes Community Foundations, family and corporate foundations and others.
- Charity – grantmaking alongside other charitable activities or in the support of a single cause or institution.
- Government – grantmaking by central, local and devolved government.
- Lottery – grants made by the National Lottery Distributors.
- Other – Donor advised funds and international grantmakers.
Number and size of UK grantmakers
By grantmaking segment, 2021-22
|Category||Segment||Total income||Total spending||Spending on grants||Number of grantmakers|
|Arms Length Body||–||–||£153m||5|
|Other||Donor Advised Fund||£1,872m||£1,630m||£1,470m||29|
Grantmaking in the UK context
Figures from grantmakers shared in the 360Giving Data Standard (see the recipients page for more details) suggest that between 25% to 50% of government grants by amount go to registered charities, and around 50%-70% of the grant amount from other funders (the uncertainty of these figures is due to the grant recipients without organisation identifiers).
Comparing to figures from the UK Civil Society Almanac 2022, published by NCVO, suggests that between 14% and 22% of the voluntary sector’s income comes from the grantmakers in this report, with government grants accounting for between 3% and 6% and grants from other grantmakers making up 12% to 17%.