Grant Advisor launches UK pilot

Mentioned in Emma Beeston‘s blog in today’s daily GRIN Grants Bulletin* is Grant Advisor, which is being trialled in the UK after operating with great success in the United States.

Grant Advisor UK is an online service that facilitates open dialogue between third sector organisations and grant-makers by collecting authentic, real-time reviews and comments on grant-seekers’ experiences working with funders to encourage more productive philanthropy.

The approach aims to create honest and public feedback on grant-makers’ work, whilst also creating stronger peer sharing between third sector organisations. According to Grant Advisor, the lack of feedback loops in grant-making practice is a significant barrier to a more effective sector.

Grant Advisor is currently running a pilot in the UK with the following funders:

o Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
o Two Ridings Community Foundation.
o Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
o Corra Foundation.
o Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
o Indigo Trust.
o National Lottery Community Fund.
o Lloyds Bank Foundation.
o Bishop Radford Trust.
o Devon Community Foundation, or the
o City Bridge Trust.

Grant-seekers can post a review (think Trip Advisor!) on the Grant Advisor UK site. Registration is advised but not essential if you want to follow the discussion about a particular funder

The Grant Advisor UK website is commendably clear. We’re going to sign up and, if you’ve got experience of and (constructive) comments you’d like to share about any of the funders listed above, why don’t you too?

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