Who’s behind SmartyGrants?

SmartyGrants has been developed by Our Community through its best practice grants management division, the  Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM).

Our Community is a world-leading social enterprise that provides advice, tools and training for Australia’s 600,000 not-for-profit organisations, and practical linkages between the not-for-profit sector and the general public, business and government. Our Community was established in 2000 using social investment provided by a group of forward-thinking business people who believed in the vision of an ethical, sustainable business with social aims at its core.

Our Community is headquartered in Melbourne. Around 40 staff support the organisation’s core membership base of more than 70,000 not-for-profit groups (and those who support them), spanning all areas of the not-for-profit sector as well as government, business and academia. You can read more about us on the Our Community ‘about us’ page.

The Australian Institute of Grants Management is the best practice network for government and local government grants managers and grantmakers.

We are working to help all Australian grantmakers review, improve and reform their grants programs, and keep abreast of what is happening within Australia and internationally. We do this through the ground-breaking Grants Management Quarterly (GMQ) publication, online resources available through a dedicated, dynamic website, best practice exchange opportunities including network events and an annual conference, and grantmaking support tools including the Grantmaking Manifesto and the Grantmaking Toolkit.

The SmartyGrants development and innovations team is highly experienced in the grantmaking, grantseeking and technology arenas. The team has brought to SmartyGrants a reputation for creating accessible, commonsense solutions to improve the interactions between community sector organisations and the government and corporate sectors, and the general public.

How was SmartyGrants designed?

Extensive consultation has taken place with respect to design and development, including:

  • Environmental scan and scoping of concept with key grantmakers’ networks, and other channels
  • Grantseeker feedback via Our Community’s 70,000-strong membership base
  • Focus group analysis involving targeted grants officers
  • Analysis of the annual Grants in Australia survey (more than 500 responses annually)
  • Concept testing through the AIGM’s annual conference (involving around 200 delegates from across Australia)
  • Ongoing, long-term tracking of resources and best and next practices throughout Australia and world-wide through the AIGM’s Grants Management Quarterly publication and website.