2018 Trends in Grants: What's Happened So Far, and What's to Come

Using years of awards data, our presentation will focus on grantmaking from an analytics point of view. While other presentations may be highly subject specific, our goal is to provide a 30,000 foot view of grantmaking to make grantseekers more cognizant of the opportunities world as a whole.

Because of our team's competency in data analytics, our goal is to see what the numbers have to say about grantmaking. One of our strengths is being able to visualize complex information to show trends that most grantseekers would not otherwise be aware of. We partially accomplish this through Tableau and other statistical visualizations that take advantage of our company's legacy grants databases.

Our presentation best aligns with GPC competency of researching and indentifying funding sources through insight into historical giving trends. We pride ourself on being able to provide clients with opportunities that they would otherwise not be aware of, and match them with a variety of grantors that give their grantseeking portfolio more variety.

We have found in our experiences with grantseekers that they tend to go after the same grantors they have in the past. One of our learning objectives for this presentations is to have learners be more aware of the opportunities world as a whole and make them aware of why they may be facing some of the challenges they are when it comes to grantseeking.

We'll also be highlighting specific grantseeker success stories (grantseekers that found funding outside of their typical funders, unique and fruitful partnerships with grantors). We hope that this will bring our insight back to the micro level, to leave learners with concrete examples of how a broader view of the grantseeking world can reap rewards.

Finally, we'll also give some predictions as to where the trends of 2018 could leave grantseekers in 2019, and what they should prepare for when looking for funding.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders

Duncan Bell is the Vice President of Data Service at Columbia Books and Information Services, and has been working with grants data for over 7 years. Duncan is the senior manager of data services related to GrantScape, CBIS' grants opportunities platform. He also manages numerous data and editorial processes related lobbying, the Congress, federal contracting, associations, and meeting planning.

Saleh Karaman is a Data Project Manager at Columbia Books and Information Services. He manages the opportunities and awards data that feeds GrantScape, CBIS's grants opportunities platform, and well as providing data and propsecting support to FDA and Energy product lines.