London Funders is seeking to commission the design, implementation and support of an online application, grant management process, funder portal and dashboards for a systemic long term collaborative funding programme. This will cover the whole cycle of the funding from application right through to monitoring and impact.
The key areas to be developed are:
- Web based application form through a bespoke website.
- Funders only portal, working as a grant management system - displaying eligible applications which gives funders the ability to interact with applications e.g. logging information, commenting, reviewing, funding, rejecting.
- Dashboards, data and reports generated from applications and those funded.
- Monitoring and impact being logged by grantees against funded applications through a web based monitoring form.
We are looking for a complete re-design of the digital elements that support funder collaboration, that will link up the various stages of the grant cycle from the applications coming in, funders searching through applications and committing funds, right through to the monitoring and impact once the grants have been spent. We also need to build in adaptability for future programmes to run on this platform separately or alongside each other. The focus needs to be on the user journey for both applicant and funder, and having each stage of the process flow together. Through this project we want to lead the way in best practice, building on learning from the sector, and demonstrate an example that others can benefit from.
About us… London Funders is the only cross-sector membership network for funders and investors in London’s civil society. We’re uniquely placed to enable funders from all sectors to be effective. We’re focused on collaboration – convening funders to connect, contribute and cooperate together, to help people across London’s communities to live better lives.
What we’re building on… From March 2020 London Funders coordinated 67 funders to come together to collaborate in their response to covid-19 through the London Community Response (LCR). Through that collaboration, over £57.7m was given out in grants - a ground-breaking funder collaboration - with investment moving from crisis response to building towards the recovery and renewal of civil society. Over the last year we’ve conducted several independent learning reviews to prepare us for future collaborations.
Where we’re going… All this learning has shown us that it's clear that collaboration at pace and scale is possible. The challenges London faces – from systemic inequalities to the climate crisis – require the same innovative and bold action displayed by funders during the pandemic.
Going forward we have explored how our shared learning from crisis can be applied to funder collaboration for longer-term/recovery, we’ve been able to use the feedback and insights from our members and civil society to inform workshops with a cross-section of our members and our equity partners, which has led to the development of proposals for collaborative action for recovery.
We are now working to develop a new set of collaborative funding programmes and want to ensure a tech partner is involved from the outset so the design meets the needs of all involved. Our aim is to launch the first stage in the summer of 2022, with parts of the tech being ready to roll out then.
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