Growing place-based giving



Read the research findings and insight from our Growing Place-Based Giving Schemes project.

What is place-based giving?

Place-based giving schemes (PBGS) are a means of fostering local philanthropy, increasing investment in local communities, and supporting the development of local places. They bring together residents, philanthropists, corporate donors, public sector organisations, and civil society organisations to raise money and address local priorities.

The schemes put local people at the heart of funding decisions, engaging citizens as donors and volunteers to help set priorities and choose what projects will be funded. 

Insight from the Growing Place-Based Giving project

We've been working with six place-based giving schemes in England over the past 18 months. The work has been part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Growing Place-based Giving project. The project included government funding of £100,000 per scheme alongside a support programme that we put in place.

The aim of the project was to help the schemes get off the ground and make strides towards raising funds to address local issues. Out of this work we've written two reports to share what we've learnt.

What to consider when setting up a scheme

This report is aimed at those who are interested in setting up a place-based giving scheme in their area. It shares advice on different operating models, strategies, ways of working and communication and branding.

Read about setting up a scheme

How funders can support these schemes

Place-based giving is rightly seen by many funders as an exciting way to use their funds to respond to community needs. This report shares insight into how funders can do this and what they should consider.

Read about funding a scheme

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