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We’re recruiting for our Community Grants Panel

We’re recruiting new members to join our Community Grants Panel.

by THT Press Office | 09/12/21

We’re recruiting for our Community Grants Panel

The Community Grants Panel is an independent panel responsible for reviewing and assessing applications for community grants in Trafford and making recommendations for grant awards.

To become a member of the Grants Panel, you must be either:

  • A resident expert who can provide local insight and knowledge about the local communities
  • Work in the public sector and can provide experience and knowledge of supporting communities with life challenges
  • Lived experience of poverty and/or living in social housing
  • A strategic delivery expert (including Statutory Services, Private Business and Social Enterprises) and can provide experience and knowledge of how best to address local needs and add to the fabric of existing assets


Community Grants Panel


What will I do?

The Grants Panel meet on a six-weekly basis for up to three hours. You’ll need to commit on average four hours monthly to the role. At quieter or busier times, this may change.

During the meetings, you may:

  • Review and assess medium and large applications for Voluntary, Community and Faith Social Enterprise (VCFSE) grants funding in Trafford, demonstrating fairness and objectivity
  • Provide investment recommendations to the Foundation Management Team, in line with the allocated grants budget, including the endorsement of any recommendations provided by the Virtual Committee for micro or small grants
  • Ensure all recommendations have given due consideration to value for money and demonstrable impact for THT customers and communities
  • Use relevant knowledge, insight and expertise to provide constructive feedback on unsuccessful applications to strengthen future applications
  • Act as ‘champions’ or ‘ambassadors’ for the THT Community Grant, discussing and promoting it with relevant partners and stakeholders to encourage new applications in accordance with the Grants Policy and funding priorities


Why should I join the Grants Panel?

Getting involved with us can be a rewarding experience. You’ll receive training in confidentiality, the Nolan Principles, understanding and measuring impact, grant making and scoring guidance.

You’ll also be reimbursed for reasonable expenses.

What others have said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the panel, and it has been a pleasure to work with you and the wider team. I have learnt so much, and it has been a real privilege to have been part of changing lives for the better in and across Trafford.”

I have enjoyed seeing it mature into a model of good practise and supporting the staffing team who do all the really hard work to make a massive impact. I’ve also got loads out of it professionally in terms of networking and ideas I can take back to my place of work.”


How can I get involved?

If you’d like to hear more about becoming a Community Grants Panel member, we’re holding two drop-in sessions to talk about our work and how the role supports us.

  • Monday 24 January, 11 am to 12 pm at Limelight Café, Shrewsbury Avenue, Old Trafford
  • Monday 7 February, 11 am to 12 pm at LifeCentre Café, Washway Road, Sale

If you can’t attend the drop-in sessions or would like to hear more about the role, please email

Download our recruitment pack here

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