Peter Grant

Lecturer in Voluntary Sector Management
BA, M Phil, PhD
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 and Governance programmes. He has published widely both on philanthropy, CSR, and history. His definitive book 'The Business of Giving: The theory and practice of philanthropy, grantmaking and social investment' was published by Palgrave in 2011. His latest book 'Philanthropy and Voluntary Action in the First World War' was published by Routledge/Taylor Francis in 2014.
Peter is a 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. His current clients include the Queen's Trust and The Prince's Charities.


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