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The AIGM's Grantmaking Values


We believe:

  1. Grantmaking is an absolutely central element in the Australian economic system.
    Not one dollar should be wasted on poorly designed, poorly articulated, poorly evaluated, or inefficient grants programs and systems. Grantmakers should maximise resources by sharing lessons, and seeking and learning from lessons shared by others.
  2. Australia needs more and better professional grantmakers.
    The job of grantmaking should be afforded appropriate professional status, training and recompense.
  3. Grantmakers should listen to the communities they serve.
    Grantmakers should be driven by outcomes, not process. They should trust and respect their grantees and offer programs, systems and processes appropriate to their needs and capacities.
  4. Grantmakers should be efficient.
    Wastage is indefensible. Skimping on systems, technology and professional staff is equally wicked.
  5. Grantmakers should be ethical.
    Grantmakers should ensure that the process of grantmaking is fair, unbiased, and transparent.

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The Australian Institute of Grants Management has for more than a decade been at the forefront of innovation in grantmaking in Australia.

As well as producing the country's only cross-sector best practice quarterly grantmaking publication, Grants Management Intelligence, we also convene and coordinate a number of grantmaking affinity groups and events, and have developed a best practice online grants management system, SmartyGrants, which is revolutionising grantmaking across the country - and internationally.

We are active in seeking and documenting best practice lessons and examples and are codifying and disseminating what we are learning through our website, our software, our speeches, and our publications.

In addition, we oversee Australia's most comprehensive grants database and go face to face with thousands of grantseekers across the country every year through our extensive grants training programs.

In 2011, we released our internationally acclaimed Grantmaking Manifesto (PDF) to lay down our values, principles and beliefs, based on all we have learned about grantmaking through our considerable work in this space, as well as our individual experiences as grantmakers and grantseekers. We use this document to guide us in our work to drive professionalisation of the sector.






The Grantmaking Lifecycle


Over the years, we've come to recognise that there is a distinct lifecycle that applies to almost all grants programs.

We've identified nine major lifecycle stages, most of which are divided into sub-stages, as shown below.





This lifecycle, which was developed in partnership with N-Carta Group, is reflected in the division of the Tools and Resources section of the AIGM's website and the Health Check, and is becoming embedded in our SmartyGrants grants management software and training as well.

The website's functionality allows you to isolate the tools and resources applying to one part of the lifecycle only, which is useful for those wanting to tweak just one or two areas of their program at a time, or as an integrated whole, which is useful for those starting a new program or undertaking a comprehensive program review.



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Download the AIGM Grantmaking Manifesto

Our Grantmaking Manifesto lays down our values, principles and beliefs, based on all we have learned collectively about grantmaking, as well as our individual experiences as grantmakers and grantseekers. We use this document to guide us in our work to drive professionalisation of the sector.

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Download the Code of Practice for Grantmakers

The AIGM's Code of Practice for Grantmakers spells out the values we believe all individuals who administer grants on a professional basis should strive to honour and exhibit. We welcome feedback and suggestions for refinements.

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Download the Code of Practice for Grantmaking Agencies

The AIGM's Code of Practice for Grantmakers spells out the values we believe all grantmaking organisations, whatever their size or sector, should strive to honour and exhibit. We welcome feedback and suggestions for refinements.