Who Funds Us

We believe in being transparent about the sources of our funding and purposes behind it.

Who funded us in 2021/22

Consulting income over £5,000 in 2021/22

Who funded us in 2020/21

Consulting income over £5,000 in 2020/21

FunderAmountWhat the funding was for
Scottish Government392,482Scotland's Climate Assembly
UK Research and Innovation218,033Sciencewise
London Borough of Redbridge123,808Redbridge Community Hubs
Electricity North West94,528Deliberative customer panels
Bristol City Council71,119Bristol Citizen's Assembly
Environment Agency64,980Citizens' juries on rethinking water
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation49,993Co-design solutions to in-work poverty
New Citizenship Project48,221Jersey climate assembly
Carnegie UK47,824Data ethics panel
Home Office32,125Safe space co-ordinator
Northern Gas Networks Ltd28,091NGN Public panel
Government of Jersey25,800Jersey climate assembly
The Democratic Society23,267Scotland's Climate Assembly
Public Health Scotland20,710Covid data engagement plan
House of Commons19,667Parliament Citizens assembly on the pathway to Net-zero
London Borough of Camden10,000Data distributed dialogue
Ipsos (market research) Ltd7,902NHS Track and Trace
Community Foundation for NI5,060Civic Innovation programme

Restricted grants

FunderAmountWhat the funding was for
Calouste Gulbenkian20,000Climate change and Deliberative Democracy
Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs21,168Public Participation Capacity Building (cross Border)
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation20,000Climate Assembly UK
European Climate Foundation76,980Climate Assembly UK
Forum for the Future8,123Just Transitions
University of Westminster8,928Deliberation support

Unrestricted grants

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust37,500

Who funded us in 2019/20

Grant and donations income in 2019/20

FunderAmountWhat the funding was for
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust£62,500Unrestricted grant
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport£230,000Innovation in Democracy programme
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation£200,000Climate Assembly UK
European Climate Foundation£160,000Climate Assembly UK
Wellcome£45,270Distributed dialogue on data
Network for Social Change£7,724Practitioners Network

Consultancy and training income in 2019/20

FunderAmountWhat the funding was for
UK Research and Innovation£219,218Sciencewise
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport£130,453Innovation in Democracy programme
House of Commons£126,667Climate Assembly UK

Welsh Parliament

Senedd Cymru

£70,772Citizens’ Assembly of Wales
London Borough of Redbridge£67,671Community engagement in Gants Hill and Seven Kings
Joseph Rowntree Foundation£67,489In-work poverty co-design process
The Scottish Government£65,633Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames£57,900Citizens’ Assembly on Air Quality
Transport for Greater Manchester£44,623Citizens’ conversation on driverless vehicles
Northern Gas Network£40,692Northern Gas Network citizens’ panel

London Borough of Waltham Forest /

The Democratic Society

£39,367Waltham Forest Citizens’ Assembly on Hate Crime
Home Office£35,393Home Office Open Space Coordinator
The Scottish Government£22,917Participation Framework
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government£21,657Residents’ Reference Panel
Carnegie UK Trust£21,299Citizen engagement strand of the Scottish Government’s Digital Ethics programme
DEFRA / National Centre for Social Research£19,977DEFRA Environment Plan
University of Liverpool£19,804Initiative for Civic Space, Northern Ireland
London Borough of Camden£12,650Camden’s Climate Assembly
Scottish Government / The Democratic Society£12,034Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland
London Borough of Camden£10,000Distributed dialogue on data, Camden
Government of Jersey / New Citizenship Project£9,863Citizen engagement projects for the Government of Jersey
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland£6,466Civic Innovation subject expert
The Scottish Government£5,450Distributed dialogue on data, North Lanarkshire
University of East Anglia£5,000Artificial Intelligence stakeholder platform

Who funded us in 2018/19

Grant and donations income (≥ £5,000)

FunderAmount 1 What the funding was for
Open Society Foundation£62,725Citizens’ Assembly for Northern Ireland
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation£60,000Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care
Building Change Trust£59,500Citizens’ Assembly for Northern Ireland
Omidyar Network£43,693Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust£42,500Core funding
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation£40,000Coalition for Deliberative Democracy
Big Lottery Fund (via the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations)£31,493Running the Open Government Pioneers Project in England and Coordinating the UK Open Government Network.
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland£30,000Citizens’ Assembly for Northern Ireland
Paul Hamlyn Foundation£20,000Citizens’ Assembly for Northern Ireland
Wellcome£16,573MH:2K programme.
  • 1Figures are inclusive of project expenditure

Consultancy and training income (≥ £5,000)

FunderAmount 1 What the funding is for
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy£225,000 (estimated)Sciencewise programme. This programme will continue into 2019/20.
UK Parliament
(Health and Social Care Select Committee & Housing, Communities, and Local Government Select Committee)
£47,400Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care
The Home Office£36,796Civil Society Open Space process for Home Office Law Enforcement Data Service and Home Office Biometrics work. Further funding for this work is expected in 2019/20.
Deepmind Technologies Ltd£31,171Roundtables with professional stakeholders interested in Artificial Intelligence, ethics and public engagement.
Open Data Institute£28,128Design of a decision-making process for pilot data trust.
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government£21,657Residents Reference Panel on Building Safety in High Rise Residential Buildings. This work, including further funding, will continue into 2019/20.
Northern Gas Networks Ltd£18,775NGN Public Panel for RIIO-2 Business Plan. This work, including further funding, will continue into 2019/20.
NESTA£18,208Public dialogue on Artificial Intelligence
The Scottish Government£18,000Part-time secondment to develop a Participation Framework for the Scottish Government. This work, including further funding, will continue into 2019/20.
Open Government Partnership£16,413Research and a paper for the OGP on citizens, social movements and the OGP.
Guardian News and Media£16,033Workshops and materials for the Guardian’s Gene Gap project.
The Scottish Government£15,100Supporting the Scottish Government’s public engagement on attitudes to agriculture, environment and rural priorities.
Carnegie UK Trust£12,090Data sharing and public benefit.
We also received funding for this project in 2017/18 from Carnegie UK Trust and The Wellcome Trust.
OECD£10,000Open local government handbook
The University of Sheffield (in turn, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council)£5,057UK political party reform. We also received funding for this project in 2017/18 from the University of Sheffield.
  • 1Figures are inclusive of project expenditure, but exclusive of VAT