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hGrant Reporting

The hGrant Format

The Foundation Center now makes it possible to share grants data through its innovative hGrant technical specification. Read on to learn more about hGrant, the value it brings to foundations and the philanthropic community, and how to get started. You can also e-mail us for more details.

How can I use the hGrant format to submit grants data?

The hGrant format allows recently-published grants information to be pulled directly from grantmakers' web sites or feeds. The data can then be made available to the general public through the grants list, funding map or API available on Glasspockets.org. This facilitates grant reporting for grantmakers and increases the timeliness and accessibility of grants information for all.

The following software platforms currently have a built-in hGrant export function:

  • FLUXX
  • FoundationConnect
  • MicroEdge – GIFTS Online
  • SmartSimple
  • Good Done Great
You can also use the hGrant for WordPress plugin to facilitate this process. This tool, which was made possible by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund with technical support from Mission Minded, is designed to help foundations of all sizes share their grants data. To learn more about installing the plugin, visit the WordPress site or download our quick reference guide.

What is hGrant?

hGrant is a simple way to mark up grants information on a web page using a variation of HTML code known as a microformat. In effect, this code lets you publish your grants information so that it may be read and understood by both people and software. This process allows grants information to be automatically collected and aggregated so that it can be searched, categorized, and viewed in new ways.

hGrant was developed as part of the Grantsfire initiative and became a project of the Foundation Center in 2010.

What is the purpose of hGrant?

hGrant helps foundations publish and share their grants information. Doing so will:

  • make it easier for nonprofits to find grants information, while improving the quality of grant applications to foundations.
  • foster new knowledge about what is and isn't being funded in the nonprofit sector.
  • encourage grantmakers to be more open and transparent by making near real-time information about their grants more readily available.
  • allow grantmakers to participate in the Reporting Commitment grant list and funding map.

How do I use hGrant?

All you have to do is publish your grants information on your web site using the hGrant format, which is a variation of HTML. You retain full flexibility over the look and feel of your web pages, and you can use your traditional web publishing tools to generate content. You may also choose to publish content in a manner so it is not directly linked to the rest of your website and does not require formatting; we'll simply gather new information from the page as it's posted.

Tools like the hGrant for WordPress plugin make sharing your data an easy and seamless process. If you are interested in using the hGrant plugin and don't have a website, Foundation Center can help with our hGrant-ready Foundation Web Builder service.

Does hGrant cost anything?

No, hGrant is royalty-free.

How do I get started?

If you are already publishing grants information on the web, you can use hGrant by making very minor changes to the HTML on your grants page.

To get started:

  1. Read the specification (PDF) and review the tutorial and examples to get a better sense of how hGrant works.
  2. Apply what you've learned to the HTML of your own web site or RSS feed.

For more information, contact hgrant@foundationcenter.org

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