360Giving Data Standard » Guidance for publishers » Plan your process and data

Plan your process and data

Key tasks

  1. Decide what information to publish – the scope of the fields, what time period your data will cover and whether you will be sharing data about all of your grants.
  2. Check if there are any Data Protection and Privacy considerations, and review your policies to ensure you can share your data responsibly

How long the process takes

The amount of time it takes to prepare and share 360Giving data can vary depending on your circumstances. The key factors that can determine how long the process will take are:

  • The type of grants management system used
  • The amount of data to be published
  • Whether the data is well-organised and consistent
  • If key data is poor quality or missing

It will normally be possible to estimate the work involved once you have decided on the scope of your data.

Decide what information to share

The full 360Giving Data Standard is comprehensive, with over 100 fields available to describe information about grants, recipients and funding organisations, programmes, locations and more.

There are 10 core fields of information which all 360Giving data must include. These fields ensure that the data will be usable and describe the who, what, when and how much of each grant.

10 core fields

Seven of the 10 core fields are commonly collected as part of the grantmaking process, and may be stored in a grants management system:

  • Grant identifier
  • Grant amount
  • Grant award date
  • Grant or project title
  • Grant or project description
  • Recipient name
  • Recipient identifier

Three pieces of information are usually added as part of the data preparation process:

  • Funder name
  • Funder identifier
  • Currency

Additional fields

If you have information that doesn’t fit any of the 360Giving Data Standard fields provided, you can include these in additional fields.

A file of 360Giving data can include any number of these non-Standard fields, however you will need to take care with the titles and make sure the data formatting is consistent.

For guidance on naming your own fields visit the Additional fields section.

Decide what grants to include

360Giving is a voluntary initiative and you can decide what information to share in your open grants data, based on what is appropriate to your circumstances.

The majority of 360Giving publishers data about all their grants, but there are examples of those who share data about certain programmes, or only grants over a certain value.

If your goal is to publish data about all your grants but you find there are practical or policy issues to address first, work out which grant programmes or grants are unaffected by these barriers, and move forward with publishing these. The learning from this process can then be applied to other areas of your grantmaking once the issues are resolved.

Decide whether to share historical grant data

You can publish data going as far back as you want (and have data for) or focus on sharing information about recent grants.

Some funders have published many years of historical data, while others have started by sharing data about the past year or recent grant award rounds. The decision about how much historical data to share is often informed by practical considerations.

These questions will help you to decide.

  • How accurate and complete is the data in your systems?

If there are gaps or inaccuracies in your older data, then start from a point where you are confident in the quality of the information.

  • Is your past grantmaking similar to your current funding priorities?

If your historical grant awards are not representative of what you fund now, you may prefer to start from the beginning of your most recent grantmaking strategy.

The more grant data you can share, the greater the benefit to users of 360Giving data. However, if you start by publishing recent grants, you can decide to include more historical data at a future point.

Data protection

Once you have decided the scope of the information you want to share, it is important to carefully consider if there are any privacy or data protection implications to publishing your grant data. Find out more from our Data Protection guidance.

Taking inspiration from others

You may find it helpful to look at the data published by other funders to understand how it works in practice and help you to picture how your own grants would appear.

Data Registry

The Data Registry is a list of all the organisations that currently publish their grants data in the 360Giving Data Standard, with direct links to their data sources.

360Giving Data Registry logo

GrantNav

GrantNav is our search engine for grants data. Explore and download data about where funding goes and how much is given across billions of pounds of grants, for causes and locations across the UK.

Each GrantNav grant record has its own page with the 10 core fields showing at the top with other fields that have been shared displayed in a table below.

GrantNav screenshot showing example grant record

As well as looking at a single grant record view you can view lists:

You can also search the data by keyword. For example, this search shows grants awarded with the term ‘village hall’ in the grant title or description.

You can filter your results by grant size, date, location, grant programme, funder, funder type and recipient. You can also download the results of any searches or open the results for searches with under 10,000 grants in 360Insights.

Screenshot showing where to open GrantNav search in 360Insights

For more guidance about how to explore 360Giving data in GrantNav visit the Help section.

360Insights

360Insights is a tool to help you understand funders better. You can combine and visualise 360Giving and charity data, and explore funders across different areas – from their grant dates to types of recipients.

You can filter the 360Insights dashboard to see results for grants based on grant programme, organisation type, size or region.

Screenshot of 360Insights

What‘s next?

Read our guidance about data protection and what to consider when publishing open grants data for the first time.

Getting further help

This guidance aims to support funders through the 360Giving publishing process. If you can't find the information you need or you have further questions email 360Giving Helpdesk. You can help us improve this guidance by filling out our feedback form.