Working on the last piece using the BIG lottery data, there was an interesting offhand question asked in a skype call, about organisations that make multiple requests for support, and what they look like.
It looks a bit like you’d expect, large and diverse organisations that are a single legal entity appear towards the top of the list in terms of number of requests. But there are some outliers.
Out of that data, there seems to be either a custom programme, or an open question over military veteran’s groups. I’m not sure that it is an efficient use of the time of the Grenadier Guards Association (Forest of Dean) to receive 19 different grants in 2 years totalling only £5825, or The Java Far East Prisoners of War Club 1942 to have 12 different grants totalling only £3680 in a 3 year period (requests were only made in 2 of those years), or the Normandy Veterans Association (Stockport) to make 11 successful requests in one year. Given the costs to BIG of processing a single application, that seems like something they may want to look at, in the coming years of war memorial events. I don’t know what happened there, but hopefully there wasn’t a high workload on those associations for relatively little cash. (UPDATE: see comments below — it was a simple form for an individual person applicant).
That list is generated by comparing the local authority of their registered address and only considering it the same organisation if they match. Without that constraint, the list below is dominated by the popular names of schools, given that there are many schools with the same name in different areas. Whether the different Barnardo’s organisations could sensibly merge their requests, seems unlikely. Sometimes, institutional hierarchies only become apparent when seen from an external data source.
Others will look at the data differently to BIG, and in that diversity of views, comes value to BIG, and others, that will be far harder for other sources to acquire if their data is not similarly open.
Top 100 organisation names receiving BIG grants, 2004-2013 (and count of awards):
48 Barnardo's 37 Alzheimer's Society 34 The Prince's Trust 34 Church of England Children's Society 33 St Joseph's Primary School 31 St Mary's Primary School 29 The British Red Cross Society 26 Workers' Educational Association 24 Grenadier Guards Association 22 Leonard Cheshire Disability 21 The Royal National Institute for Deaf People 21 Pre-School Learning Alliance 21 Myasthenia Gravis Association 21 Contact A Family 19 The Terrence Higgins Trust 19 ADDACTION 18 St Patrick's Primary School 18 St Andrew's Primary School 17 Woodlands Primary School 17 Victim Support 17 Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation 16 The Royal National Institute of Blind People 16 The Mental Health Foundation 16 St Mary's RC Primary School 16 St Mary's Catholic Primary School 16 Family Action 16 Brighton Housing Trust 15 Village Hall 15 The National Trust For Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty 15 St Ninians Primary School 15 St John's Primary School 15 Springfield Primary School 15 Fife Council - Local & Community Services 15 Every Link Counts 14 The Fostering Network 14 The Conservation Volunteers 14 St Joseph's RC Primary School 14 St Joseph's Catholic Primary School 14 HAFAL 13 Trees for Cities 13 Quarriers 13 Groundwork London 13 FamilyLives 13 Action Mental Health 12 Your Voice Advocacy Project 12 YWCA England & Wales 12 St Patrick's Catholic Primary School 12 St Cuthbert's Primary School 12 Scope 12 Reality Adventure Works In Scotland Limited 12 Marie Curie Cancer Care 12 Local Aid for Children and Community Special Needs 12 Birmingham Voluntary Service Council 11 The National Deaf Children's Society 11 The Friendship Club 11 St. Mary's Primary School 11 St Johns Primary School 11 St Brigid's Primary School 11 Sacred Heart Primary School 11 Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds 11 Royal Mencap Society 11 Parkinsons Disease Society of the United Kingdom 11 Kidzone 11 Innercity Films 11 Great Yarmouth Community Trust 11 Eastfield Primary School 11 Derrykeevan Community Association 11 Deafblind UK 11 Cornwall Council 11 Carmarthen Youth Project 11 Active 8 10 The Shaw Trust Limited 10 The Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre Limited 10 The National Autistic Society 10 Techniquest 10 Stepping Stones Playgroup 10 St Peter's Primary School 10 St Michael's Primary School 10 St Brigids Primary School 10 Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School 10 Rosemount Lifelong Learning 10 Richmond Fellowship 10 RCT People First Limited 10 Pernicious Anaemia Society 10 North Eastern Education and Library Board 10 Newington Day Centre 10 Mailly Commemoration Support Group 10 London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham 10 Home-Start Liverpool 10 Govanhill Baths Community Trust 10 Fuse Youth Cafe Glasgow 10 Foresight North East Lincolnshire Ltd 10 Derry Healthy Cities 10 Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service 10 Creggan Country Park Enterprises Limited 10 Coppice Primary School 10 Castlehill Primary School 10 Bryncynon Community Revival Strategy Limited 10 Bonds Street Community Association
This work was supported by the Indigo trust