Who Funds Us

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

Who funded us in 2022/23

Consulting income over £5,000 in 2022/23

FunderAmountWhat the funding was for
The RSPB549,011People’s Plan for Nature
UK Research and Innovation215,697 Sciencewise
Genomics England102,965 Newborn Genome Screening Public Consensus Building
Scottish Government50,444 Minimum Income Guarantee Experts by Experience panel
London Borough of Camden46,872 Citizen's Assemby - Evening & Night time Economy
Impact Investing Institute37,490 Community engagement
West Midlands Combined Authority27,680 Net Zero Citizens Panel
Northern Gas Networks Ltd25,733 Public Panel
Co-operation Ireland25,377 Voice Matters/ Cooperation Ireland
Test Valley Borough Council25,050 Deliberative Engagement
Sheffield City Council24,705 Support and advice on the approach to public participation
UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd24,698 Pilot People’s Panel
SONI Ltd23,120 Community Forum
University of Exeter18,600 Enhancing Public Dialogue about School Inclusion pilot
The Democratic Society18,179 Engage Britain Panel 2
Royal Academy of Engineering16,520 Landscape review
University of Southampton16,000 Climate Assembly
London Borough of Camden14,625 Data Distributed Dialogue 
Home Office Shared Service Centre14,138 Safe Space Coordinator
Queens University Belfast14,013 Car Dependency
London Borough of Camden13,800 Data Charter Panel II
London Borough of Camden12,960 Housing and Property Panel
Housing Rights12,463 Housing Rights
Social Care Wales11,817 Scoping future deliberation
University of Cambridge11,213 NIHR Bioresource
UK Biobank LTD10,250 Engaging Public with Biobanks
Genomics England9,450 Newborn Genome Screening Consensus Building
London Borough of Camden7,525 Facilitation Training
London Borough of Camden7,440 Deliberative Support
L & Q Group7,250 Tenant Engagement Training
University of Liverpool6,400 Data Strategy
University of Westminster5,000 Democracy Research Collaboration Toolkit


Restricted grants

FunderAmountWhat the funding was for
Open Society Foundation274,456 Democracy Network Action Network Plus
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation110,000 Local Engagement on Climate Change
Calouste Gulbenkian100,000 Local Engagement on Climate Change
Forum for the Future106,296 Just Transitions
The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust81,702 Network for Democracy
Royal Society of Arts45,000 Rebooting Online Public Dialogue
Wellcome Connecting Science10,952 UK Citizens' Jury on Genome Editing
Greater London Authority8,500 Civic Data Innovation Challenge
Barrow Cadbury Trust and John Ellerman Foundation5,445 UPPER net zero thought leadership

Unrestricted grants

FunderAmountWhat the funding was for
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust60,000 Core Funding

Who funded us in 2021/22

Consulting income over £5,000 in 2021/22

FunderAmountWhat the funding was for
UK Research and Innovation258,706Sciencewise
University College London221,250Democracy after Brexit Citizens' Assembly
Devon County Council146,940Devon Climate Assembly
Scottish Government79,290Scotland's Climate Assembly
Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body76,950Restoration and Renewal Community Conversations
Carnegie UK59,143Data Ethics Panel
The Democratic Society54,992Engage Britain
Northern Gas Networks Ltd52,277Public Panel
NatWest Group51,900Pension Planning Deliberative Engagement
Environment Agency49,970Rethinking Water 2.0
Electricity North West34,477 Data Strategy
University of Liverpool30,100Jersey climate assembly
Ipsos (market research) Ltd28,317NHS Track & Trace
New Citizenship Project26,845Jersey Climate Assembly
WSP UK LIMITED25,476Mill Road, Cambride. Deliberative community engagement
London Borough of Redbridge25,040Community Hubs
UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd24,698Pilot People’s Panel
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation24,489 In Work Poverty
Belfast City Council21,804 Review of the Belfast Agenda
Sheffield City Council21,626 Governance
New Citizenship Project21,586 Jersey Assisted Dying Jury
London Borough of Camden17,150 Camden Embedding Support
Genomics England15,450 Newborn Genome Screening Consensus Building
Cornwall Council15,280 Training
Bristol City Council15,177 Citizen's assembly on Bristol's post Covid-19 recovery and future
Home Office Shared Service Centre12,287 Safe Space Coordinator
Co-operation Ireland10,876 Voice Matters People's panel
The Democratic Society10,750 Scotland's Climate Assembly members network 
UK Biobank LTD10,250 Engaging Public with Biobanks
Cambridgeshire County Council7,500 CA member follow up workshop
West Midlands Combined Authority6,500 Training
Herefordshire Council6,400 Citizens Assembly design
The Democratic Society5,625 Newham Standing CA


Restricted grants

FunderAmountWhat the funding was for
The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust132,127 JRRT Network for Democracy
Calouste Gulbenkian100,000 Local Engagement on Climate Change
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation100,000 Local Engagement on Climate Change
European Climate Foundation39,798 Climate Assembly UK
Wellcome Connecting Science32,947 UK Citizens' Jury on Genome Editing
Forum for the Future15,758 Just Transitions

Unrestricted grants

FunderAmountWhat the funding was for
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust50,000 Core Funding

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