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Participatory grantmaking encompasses a range of models, methods, challenges, and insights. At its core, this approach to funding cedes decision-making power about grants to the very communities impacted by funding decisions. This special collection gathers the experience and insights of funders who have shifted power and builds on the wisdom explored in the GrantCraft guide "Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources through Participatory Grantmaking".

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Grassroots Grantmaking: Embedding Participatory Approaches in Funding

February 1, 2020

For me some of the most interesting insights to come out of my research were around how traditional funders can move towards participatory models, and the fact that this is possible. As interest in participatory grantmaking (PGM) gathers momentum it is likely that one-off programmes will be designed and tested but will quickly fade as the next 'latest thing' arrives. This research has tried to identify and address some of the biggest barriers and things to think about, with examples from funders, grantmakers and foundations who are doing it well, in order to help others embed PGM. I have looked at risk factors or concerns that might stop a board or senior management supporting this approach and what resources and staff skills are required to operationalise it.