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GrantNav - Explore Grants in the 360 data standard

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This is a search tool for data in the 360 giving data format.

Live deploy at


This application is built using Django, Elasticsearch and python 3


Steps to installation:

  • Install pre-requisites: Git, Python3, and lots of things for Pillow.
  • Clone the repository
  • Change into the cloned repository
  • Create a virtual environment
  • Activate the virtual environment
  • Install dependencies
  • Install Elastic search
  • Run database migrations
  • Run the development server

These instructions assume Ubuntu Xenial.

sudo apt-get install -y git-core
sudo apt-get install -y python3-dev

git clone
cd grantnav
python3 -m venv .ve
source .ve/bin/activate
# Make sure you have a recent version of pip, to install binary wheel packages.
pip install --upgrade pip
pip install -r requirements.txt # Use requirements_dev.txt if you're installing for development.
# Elasticsearch 7
wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
echo 'deb stable main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elasticsearch7.list
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elasticsearch
sudo service elasticsearch start
python migrate
python runserver

Note that if you are not on Debian based system you will need to follow to install elasticsearch. Follow the instructions in your terminal to open the aplication in your browser.

Accessing GrantNav

The above command gives you a local server listening on port 8000. If you're installing inside a virtual machine, you will need to do some or all of the following:

  1. Modify or disable the firewall to allow connections. (sudo ufw disable)
  2. Set the ALLOWED_HOSTS environment variable to include your host IP: export ALLOWED_HOSTS='localhost','',''
  3. Modify your VM settings to allow port forwarding. E.g.: "private_network", ip: "" in Vagrant.
  4. Start the server with the allowed host: python runserver

Upload Data

In order to upload some data use the dataload/ command line tool e.g:

python dataload/ --clean filename1.csv filename2.csv *.json

The clean command is optional; it will delete the index and start again, so leave it off if you want to add just another file to an existing index. You can specify as many file or patterns as you like at the end of the command.

Getting data for upload

There is a list of 360Giving datasets at There's an API for this list and some code to help download from it -

If you see the message "Killed", you need to increase the memory in your VM.

If your data is in a flat format (eg Excel spreadsheet, CSV), or needs validating, you can use CoVE to convert and validate your data.

Provenance JSON

Most parts of GrantNav work fine without provenance information. However, in order for the publisher/datasets pages to work correctly you must point the PROVENANCE_JSON environment variable at a local copy of data.json. You must also load the data into GrantNav using filenames that correspond to the identifiers in this JSON. The datagetter saves files with the correct name, and also makes a copy of data.json for you.


cd datagetter/data/json_acceptable_license_valid
python path/to/grantnav/dataload/ --clean *
cd path/to/grantnav
PROVENANCE_JSON=path/to/datagetter/data/data_acceptable_license_valid.json python runserver

Compile theme

In order to compile the sass theme run:

sassc grantnav/frontend/sass/main.scss grantnav/frontend/static/css/theme.css

Run tests

ALLOWED_HOSTS=localhost py.test

Make sure elastic search is running.

The tests include functional tests (actually interacting with the website in selenium). These can also be run against a deployed copy of the website:


The tests delete an elastic search index and repopulate it. The default index name is threesixtygiving

We also use flake8 to test code quality, see

Adding and updating requirements

Add a new requirements to or depending on whether it is just a development requirement or not.

Then, run ./update_requirements --new-only this will populate requirements.txt and/or requirements_dev.txt with pinned versions of the new requirement and it's dependencies.

WARNING: The ./update_requirements script will delete and recreate your current .ve directory.

./update_requirements without any flags will update all pinned requirements to the latest version. Generally we don't want to do this at the same time as adding a new dependency, to make testing any problems easier.

Fetching external datasets

Open code point

Go to and request a download of Code-Point open. The will send you a link to a zip file and extract that zip into a directory and cd into that directory. It should contain a Docs and a Data directory.

Get the second line of the heading file with the following command:

cat Doc/Code-Point_Open_Column_Headers.csv | head -2 | tail -1 > HEADING.csv

Get all the data and the heading in one file and gz the file.

cat HEADING.csv Data/CSV/* | gzip > codepoint_with_heading.csv.gz

Get csv2xlsx and convert sheets to single csv

pip install csv2xlsx
echo 'name,code' > codelist.csv
xlsx2csv Doc/Codelist.xlsx -a -p '' -E Metadata AREA_CODES >> codelist.csv

Finally you need the NHS codelist which is an xls file and for this you need libreoffice and make sure libreoffice is not open on your system.

libreoffice --headless --convert-to csv Doc/NHS_Codelist.xls
awk -F, '{print $2,$1}' OFS=, NHS_Codelist.csv >> codelist.csv

Then copy codepoint_with_heading.csv.gz and codelist.csv to the dataload directory.

Charity commission data.

This is a single script but takes a long time.

python dataload/


This is a web based search tool for data in the 360 giving data format.




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