While our core mission is to support technology-driven development initiatives in Africa, Indigo also supports a small number of UK-based charities each year. Our support in this area falls into two categories. Indigo’s London Stream seeks to support organisations based in and around King’s Cross and surrounding neighbourhoods. Indigo’s Philanthropy Stream, meanwhile, makes strategic investments to advance the cause of philanthropy and open data in the UK. Please note that we do not accept unsolicited applications for either of these funding streams and grants are made at the discretion of the trustees. In line with our commitment to transparency, however, we felt it necessary to publish the details of who and what we fund through these two programmes.

London Stream

  • Copenhagen Youth Project have received three grants totalling £109,672 since 2010 to support various aspects of their work, including core costs, fundraising advice and the costs of their youth club.
  • Holborn Community Association have received two grants of £5,000 each to support their Older People’s Activity project.
  • The Sainsbury Archive has received just over £20,000 from Indigo since 2004. The funding is designated as core costs.
  • First Give has received a grant of £10,800 to be split over three years for their education work with Parliament Hill School in Camden.
  • LocalWelcome awarded £5,000 to support refugees in the UK.
  • In April 2016, Paladin – the National Stalking Advocacy Service – received a core grant of £15,000.
  • A grant of £10,000 to Localgiving was made in May 2015 to provide support for charities enrolling to their online skills, digital fundraising training and advice service.

Philanthropy Stream

  • The Institute for Philanthropy have been awarded two grants totalling £55,000 towards website redevelopment and organisational restructuring. We have also supported them with research work and you can find more about that here.
  • Practical Participation have been awarded a grant of £3,050 to provide technical assistance to trusts and foundations wishsing to publish grants data in line with the 360 Degree Giving standard. The standard allows UK funders to publish details of what and who they fund openly online in such a manner that their data can be compared with that provided by other donors.
  • Four small grants of £1,000 each awarded to individual developers to analyse and create applications, websites and other digital products using grants data made available by the Big Lottery Fund.
  • Aptivate have been awarded a grant of £12,600 to conduct two ‘sprints’ for the purpose of converting data obtained from funders into a 360 Degree Giving compliant standard and for producing tools and visualisations using this data. All materials and tools will be made available free of charge under a Creative Commons licence.  A second grant of £8,700 was awarded to Aptivate in June 2014 towards the second phase of this project. A third grant of £9,350 was awarded in September 2014.
  • In September 2014, we awarded a grant of £10,000 to the Campaign for Freedom of Information. Having greatly assisted 360Giving with FOI requests and seen the value of their work, Indigo awarded them a grant towards their charitable activities, such as training, education and tracking implementation of FOI laws in the UK. A further grant of £20,000 was made to them in December 2015.
  • In January 2015, a grant of £10,000 was made to Nesta.   These funds have been awarded on the understanding that they will be re-granted in full to Practical Participation to enable them to offer ongoing technical support and upgrades for 360 Giving. It is expected that Nesta will match the funds provided by Indigo.  A further £50,000 was awarded to Nesta in March 2015 for on-going 360 Degree Giving work.
  • In March 2015, a grant of £10,000 was awarded to The Foundation towards the development of their BeeHive product, which will help connect funders to suitable charities and vice versa and provide analysis of 360 Giving data. A further grant of £15,000 was awarded to the BeeHive project in September 2015.
  • 360 Giving was awarded £5,000 in August 2015 to contribute towards the core costs of establishing 360 Giving as a UK registered charity.  A further grant of £30,000 towards core costs was made in March 2016.
  • The Philanthropy Workshop was awarded £15,000 in March 2016 to support their work to make philanthropy and charitable giving more effective.
  • New Philanthropy Capital received £15,000 in May 2016 to support their research into the use of data in philanthropy.

Christmas Grants

The Trustees award 3 to 5 grants each Christmas time to charities, chosen by the Indigo team, working within a certain field.  These grants are, on average, £3,000:

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