GRIN during 2022 – a challenging 10th anniversary year!

As we enter our annual 3-week break over the festive season and the New Year, we thought it would be nice to end the year with a short summary of the year from our perspective.

We started 2022, our 10th anniversary year, on Monday 10th January and, between January and 16th December, we’ve sent out 240 daily grant bulletins, featuring details of approximately 625 programmes. We’ve also provided a news item on our website each weekday throughout the year and regularly posted on social media, including our Facebook page.

Each grants bulletin and news item takes around 4 hours to research and write up, and all the grant schemes we feature are collated into our Grants Database, in which we’re investing an increasing proportion of our time.

We know from the many emails we receive from subscribers that the bulletins have helped them secure often vital resources, which is ultimately the purpose of our service.

During 2022 we’ve also provided pro bono advice to 155 organisations, a significant increase from 2021, when we provided pro bono support to around 100 not-for-profits.

We’ve also regularly featured excellent blogs by Sarah Taragon and Stephen Woollett of Clarity CIC, and Emma Beeston of the Emma Beeston Consultancy, and we’re looking forward to continuing these in 2023. We were delighted to hear that Emma’s first book on philanthropy, titled “Advising Philanthropists: Principles and Practice” is due to be published in early 2023. Copies are available to order from the Directory of Social Change.

We managed to keep the GRIN office open and the daily bulletins running after we both caught COVID in May, a period during which Paul was particularly ill with a COVID related infection.

Towards the end of 2022, we’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of enquiries around cost-of-living and we expect this to be a continuing theme in early 2023.

Most of all, however, we’d like to thank all of you for your continued support, regular contributions and emails, and the fantastic work you’ve been doing throughout another extremely challenging year in the UK and further afield. We’ll be back on Monday 9th January 2023 with the first grants bulletin of the year, together with a summary of our plans for the year ahead. In the meantime, we both wish you all a healthy and happy festive period and New Year.

Dominie and Paul