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Freelance External Grant Assessors

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Remote
  • Closing 18th June 2021

  • Advertised from 28th May 2021
  • Commitment: varying based on demand. You will be paid a flat fee of £200 per assessment, plus travel expenses.


About us

We are an independent charity that makes grants and uses our endowment towards a fair, resilient and sustainable economic system that serves people and planet. We connect, fund, support and invest in new thinking to shape a future economy that works for everyone.

About the role

We are looking for part-time freelance assessors with diverse knowledge and experience of different aspects of the economy to support our grant application processes and make objective assessments of full (second stage) applications for funding.

We are particularly interested in people with the following knowledge and expertise:

· ‘Lived experience’ of being marginalised in economic policy issues and/or of addressing systemic structural inequalities. This means a special focus on those who hold social identities across racialisation, class, gender, disability, and others.

· Non-mainstream perspectives on the economy e.g. decolonial; ecological; feminist

· In-depth knowledge about corporate and investor behaviour change

· Local economic perspectives from a Local Authority, community coalitions that take on wider projects, or another funder

· Democratising land-based assets, and the link between local economies/communities and land use and national policy

We are also keen to recruit Assessors from across the four nations of the UK and would particularly encourage applications from people based in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

In this role you will be asked to undertake a review of application documents followed by either a telephone or face-to-face interview with the applicant so you can really get a feel for what they are proposing. From this a written report is produced and you will work with us to finalise recommendations. Grant applications are submitted quarterly but we cannot guarantee work every quarter.

You will be paid a flat fee of £200 per assessment, plus travel expenses when accompanied by receipts, as well we will ask you to attend a half day application review meeting which will be paid at £50. We estimate that the time required per assessment is likely to be 1-2 days.

The Foundation has four funding rounds per year, but we will only contact you on occasions when we have many applications. We also understand that you may not be available every quarter. We will provide applications for assessment to you as soon as possible after the submission deadline, electronically. You will need to be responsive and flexible in arranging assessments with the proposed grantee. Experience of assessing is desirable as well as having a legal understanding of charitable activities. You will need to be able to identify issues that we would need to investigate and if the proposed project meets the Foundation’s objectives.


Assessors are expected to work remotely. In the future the option of working from the Foundation’s office in York may be available if desirable. Assessors will be required to attend a meeting with staff and fellow assessors once per grant round. These are currently held online but may involve face to face meetings in the future.

Application notes

Deadline for applications: 5pm 18th June 2021

Please submit your CV together with a covering letter outlining your experience, your areas of interest/expertise and how you meet the Person Specification to: FAO: Abigail Gibson -

Please provide contact details for 2 referees who have good knowledge of you and your work.

An inception meeting and half-day training will be held in July or August - date to be confirmed.

For further information or an informal discussion, contact Grants Manager, Abigail Gibson by email