What is it really like to deal with UK Funders?

Introduction

To help us put our new funding strategy into practice, we have been trying to put ourselves into the shoes of those we fund. As part of this, in March we asked all the organisations we funded through grants and social investments in 2014 to tell us what it’s like to deal with UK funders now, and what they think it should be like.

We had 134 responses, and we think the results are worth sharing.


Feedback:

From your experience, choose three words that describe what it is like to deal with UK funders at the moment:


Choose three words that describe what it should be like to deal with UK funders:

 


What do you think about this?

Do let us know. Our thoughts: there is more agreement on what it should be like to deal with UK funders (clear, easy, transparent, helpful), and lots of conflicting views on what it is currently (straightforward, inconsistent, thorough, opaque). And although these views come from organisations who've been successful in gaining funding, strong criticisms of funders still come across.

We have discussed the implications of this data at our staff awayday and are currently looking hard at our own processes and practice as a funder, to make changes which will benefit everyone we deal with. How can we be more like the second set of words than the first?