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Aug 17

Grant mapping, who gets what and why?

For the first time, funders including gaming trusts, councils and grant makers have come together to map the grants being applied for by Wellington charities to see who is being funded and why.


Thanks to the generosity of a Nikau Foundation donor, one of the biggest questions facing grant makers in the Wellington Region has now been answered.

What charities are applying to what grant makers for which projects and who is being funded?

For the first time Wellington Funders have come together to map the current funding distribution in our region. The Wellington Funding Mapping Project (WFMP) has released an initial report covering the numbers of successful and unsuccessful grant applications according to sector, project type and target beneficiary group.

Generosity New Zealand (GNZ) was commissioned to carry out research on a pilot group of funders, with Nikau Foundation, Wellington Community Trust and Wellington City Council working collaboratively to oversee the project.

Participants to date include a range of councils, gaming trusts, community trusts, as well as the three project leads. The interim report covers a 3 year period where $38m worth of funding was granted to charitable causes by the 13 grant-making organisations surveyed.

It is hoped this research will provide grant-makers with real-time, comparable data, to quantify their contribution, compare information, learn from one another, plan and evaluate their work based on evidence. In the spirit of transparency and collaboration, the research will be made freely available to funders operating within the region.

This radio interview is also available for further information.

Read the full report here