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SmartyGrants COVID-19 Grantmaking Survey 2020

Over two weeks in June 2020, Our Community's Innovation Lab conducted a survey of 87 grantmakers to learn how the COVID-19 crisis had affected grants processes and to gather information on best practice trends within the broader grantmaking community.


Other Innovation Lab research

Our Community has an in-house data science team to interrogate the data that we oversee. Underpinned by our “useful trumps interesting” mantra, we’re driven to ensure that our findings have real-world applications. The Innovation Lab have had hand in analysing much of our grants research.

Grantseeker studies

The Grants in Australia research study is the nation's largest survey of community organisations and not-for-profit, seeking their views about grants and grantmakers.

It is a resource for both grantmakers and grantseekers, and is aimed at improving the process of both obtaining grants, and delivering them.

The latest edition - published in August 2018 - is the tenth report since the study began in 2006.

An output of Our Community Innovation Lab, the report is part of an ongoing research project charting the development of grantmaking from the grantseeking community's perspective.

The survey informs the work of Our Community and its enterprises (most notably SmartyGrants and the Funding Centre), as well as providing important data and key reference points for Australian grantmakers and grantseekers, academics, social sector enablers, and others interested in the field.

A total of 2012 people completed the latest survey, conducted online in the three months to May 2018.

Only grantseekers who had applied for a grant in the past 12 months were eligible to complete the survey.

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