Peter Grant

Lecturer in Voluntary Sector Management
BA, M Phil, PhD FRHistS
Faculty of Management
photograph of Peter Grant


Dr Peter Grant is one of the UK’s leading practitioners in public and charitable funding. After working in the arts he was Director of an inner-city youth charity for eight years. On the commencement of the National Lottery he moved to Sport England where he devised the first Lottery programme to favour areas of deprivation and was one of the architects of Awards for All. As Director of Operations at the New Opportunities Fund between 1999 and 2005 he developed and delivered over 4.5 billion of funding programmes.
Peter then devised the world’s first full masters-level programme in grantmaking and philanthropy at Cass Business School where he is academic leader of the Philanthropy, Grantmaking and Social Investment, Charity Governance, Understanding the Voluntary Sector and Business and Society programmes. He has published widely on philanthropy, CSR, and history (notably the period of the First World War). His definitive book 'The Business of Giving: The theory and practice of philanthropy, grantmaking and social investment' was published in 2011. Peter has also written the definitive study of charity during the Great War, 'Philanthropy and Voluntary Action in the First World War' which was published in 2014. His latest book is 'National Myth and the First World War in Popular Music' came out in 2016.
Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, trustee of the DHL Foundation and of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, former Chair of the Voluntary Action History Society and President of Kennington Cricket Club.
Peter's research and consultancy clients include government departments and charitable foundations. Past consultancy work has included the involvement of charities and public bodies in the London 2012 Olympics; the operation of parole processes in England and Wales and global senior management training for BP. Recent clients include the Queen's Trust, The Prince's Charities and City Livery Companies.


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Ph: 020-7040 0135