Good Practice Funding

It’s always useful to keep an eye on the processes that funders use to allocate their money. This is as much the case with government funding as it is with grants from philanthropic trusts or pokie machine operators. It’s good to see that the guidelines for public servants allocating funding to NGOs has been made available online.

Earlier this week the Office of the Community and Voluntary Sector launched the Good Practice Funding website.

The website aims to improve government agency funding practice, and covers:

  • why the government funds NGOs
  • the importance of healthy relationships with NGOs in the funding process
  • funding processes used by New Zealand government agencies and some from overseas
  • NGO perspectives on government funding.

Although an active participation model has not been adopted, input is invited. From my brief visit, a steady flow of contributions will help put some weight on what is a slender resource.