Grantmaking plays a vital role in helping our government, our researchers, and our communities confront 21st-century challenges. Yet we still have a decidedly 20th-century system in place for deciding how we make these billions of dollars of crucial investments. In order to make the most of limited funding — and to help build confidence in the ability of public investments to make a positive difference — it is essential for our government agencies to try more strategic approaches to designing, awarding, and measuring their grantmaking.
In collaboration with GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, The GovLab is exploring how new innovations can increase the openness and effectiveness of grantmaking. In a number of publications available on Medium, we sketch out the range and potential impact of open and effective grantmaking innovations at all stages of the process. Through these posts, we asking readers to help us gather and curate information about open and effective grantmaking innovations, analyze their potential uses, and encourage their adoption where appropriate. This open input process is a first toward building a conversation and a broader case for putting grantmaking innovations into practice throughout government at all levels.