What are we looking for?


We are looking for a cross section of the community to join the panel.  A knowledge of the voluntary and community sector is desirable but not essential as an induction will be given.  Potential panel members must declare an interest from the outset; for example, if they have links to any organisation or community groups that could be eligible to bid for funds.

The purpose of the Grants Advisory Panel is to ensure that the voice of experienced and local people is central to discussion and decision-making when determining which grants should be recommended for funding.

It is important that this group is of a size to be effective whilst representing a diversity of stakeholders/local community. We would therefore welcome applications from people with knowledge of the VCS, education, business and statutory services.

The funding panel is supported by Trustees and operational staff of the Young Barnet Foundation. There will be a minimum of two representatives from YBF trustees and staff who aim to provide an impartial process to review grant applications to fund activities and services for children and young people in the London borough of Barnet.   The panel will be provided with background information regarding the identified gaps and needs and will evaluate individual applications against the Funds criteria and identified needs.



An induction to the Young Barnet Foundation and the voluntary and community sector will be given. All new panel members are required to participate before they take up their seat on the panel.

What is involved?

  • You will need to dedicate time to read and review grant applications, provide commentary and/or opinion in accordance with the Young Barnet Foundation Grant Making Policy, Funding Criteria and all relevant information as set out.

  • Attend funding panel meetings to discuss recommendations, agree projects to be funded and award funding as per the fund’s criteria.  It is anticipated that there will be between two and four meetings per year plus additional application review time. We would expect a minimum 12 month commitment with reviews conducted by trustees after this time.  The process will be reviewed after we have had some operational experience of managing the fund/process.

  • Act as ambassadors for the Young Barnet Foundation, with a commitment towards our aims, mission and vision.  Uphold the good reputation of the Young Barnet Foundation at all times and act only within the confines of the remit. 

  • An opportunity for panel members to visit organisations to ensure that delivery has taken place.

  • The opportunity to get involved in fundraising activities to promote the fund.

  • Unless otherwise stated, treat all proceedings of meetings as confidential.

  • Help ensure YBF grant funding for local organisations is well allocated and managed, and help raise local and wider profile of the YBF funding opportunity.



In the covering letter, please tell us about you, your experience, knowledge and skills that makes you a good fit for the role.  Please try and cover the following:


  1. About you……… what drives and motivates you? What are you passionate about?

  2. How long has Barnet been your home? 

  3. What is your experience of Barnet – working, living or using services?

  4. How much do you know about the voluntary sector?

  5. How much do you know about the statutory sector?

  6. What can you bring to the table in terms of experience, knowledge or skills?

  7. If you have worked as a volunteer; what you did and for how long?

  8. If you have experience of:

  9. Working in teams and actively contributing to meetings.

  10. Any fundraising activity, either direct or indirect.

  11. And lastly, why you want to apply for this opportunity?


We ask that you grow to understand or already understand:

  • Barnet as a borough, its make-up and the needs of children and young people.

  • Equality and diversity, and knowledge or experience of how it can be applied in our funding process/awards.

  • Area of disadvantage, inequality, challenge or need. 

(The Young Barnet Foundation will provide you with assistance and background information.)


Skills and Personal Qualities

  • Good time management skills and able to work to deadlines. 

  • Confident in using IT, including Microsoft office and email, with regular access to a computer and printer.

  • Exemplary communication and listening skills.

  • Able to understand and talk through sometimes difficult information and present a reasoned argument of support.

  • Teamwork and ability to work positively and constructively with other people and treat them with respect.

  • Relevant experience working directly in the children and youth sector, or as a community stakeholder or experienced beneficiary representative (parent or young person).

  • Personal and friendly manner.

  • Honest and trustworthy.

  • Reliable and professional.

  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of people, and the confidence to discuss issues in a committee environment – to lead and contribute to group discussion.

  • A willingness to engage positively and to challenge where necessary.

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