Participatory Grantmaking: Learnings and Reflections

Participatory Climate Initiative, Learnings and Reflections

This is a recording of a webinar that took place on April 22, 2022.

In 2021, Fund for Shared Insight launched a participatory grantmaking initiative exploring power-sharing around the decisions funders make in supporting advocacy and policy work aimed at issues of climate change and environmental justice.

Shared Insight recruited teams of people with relevant knowledge, experience in community decision-making, and connections with communities and the land around them to create a purpose statement, design a grantmaking plan, and, ultimately, select grantees and funding allocations. In January, it announced that 35 grassroots groups would receive a total of $2-million.

This webinar:

  • Describes the arc of the participatory design and participatory grantmaking processes.
  • Shares the tools used for consensus-based decision-making.
  • Highlights choice points in the design process that prioritized frontline groups least heard in traditional grantmaking processes, namely groups led by and serving Indigenous, Black, and Latino/Hispanic communities.
  • Explores tensions and trade-offs between trust-based and participatory approaches.

The webinar features Grantmaking Group members Billy Kinney and Crystal Yankawgé Nelson from the Kōlea Region, consisting of Alaska and Hawai’i, and Reverend Leo Woodberry from the Southeastern United States region, and Katy Love and Winifred Olliff, consultants co-leading Shared Insight’s participatory grantmaking initiative.