A Community of Practice

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Who We Are

In March 2020, a group of people involved in Participatory Grantmaking (PGM), began meeting to share their work, ideas and hopes for the future of PGM.

Participatory grantmaking has been practiced for many years, and is increasingly being explored, promoted, and strategically used by foundations and collaboratives around the world today. While there is a growing body of literature and tools to help people wherever they are in their participatory journeys, there is also a visible interest to learn from others, share experiences, and grow the practice together. This community of practice aims to be this missing space for practitioners to access knowledge and connect with one another.


Membership of the group is evolving, currently it is mainly people who are either doing Participatory Grantmaking or have a strong likelihood of doing so in the near future or are researching PGM. The group is open to new members who meet these criteria.

Members don’t align to one shared method or set of values for Participatory Grantmaking and bring different perspectives from their experiences. They range from organisations who were set-up with participatory principles throughout, to those who are using some participatory methods alongside more traditional grant making.
There are currently over 700 people involved in the community of practice, over 100 of these attending monthly meetings,  an active Slack and mailing list that is growing constantly. People come from all over the world including Europe, Australia, Asia, USA and Africa.

The Work

The community of practice supports a wide range of people from different stages in the PGM journey. We have spent several months as a collective identifying our purpose and areas of work. These fall into three areas and we organise our monthly sessions around a rolling programme that covers these topic areas

  • Peer support – how to overcome common challenges
  • Deeper Dive – learning and best practice through case study and discussions into a topic
  • Advocacy – strategizing how to build the field and mainstreaming PGM

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