Cheviot Community Fund Assessment Panel - volunteer application form.

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Closes 26 Jul 2021

Role description

We are looking to form a mixed group of committed and energetic people to join a new panel that will consist of experienced and non-experienced grant assessors. The core role of both SB Councillors and independent members on the panel is to:

  • Scrutinise funding applications submitted to the Cheviot Community Fund using the assessment matrix provided.
  • Bring any skills, experience, specialist knowledge, and expertise they may add to the scrutiny work of the Panel.
  • Attend and constructively participate in all assessment meetings of the Panel (approximately 4 per year).
  • Attend additional meetings e.g. working groups or evidence gathering sessions as required.
  • Prepare for each meeting by reading the agenda, papers and additional information to familiarise yourself with the issues to be covered during the meeting.
  • Prepare suitable questions to put to the applicants and SBC Officials, listen carefully, ask questions in a way which is non-judgmental, respects confidentiality and helps the Panel to make practical suggestions.

Please note that we are looking to form a mixed group of experience and, non-experienced people in grant making decisions who:

  • Have a genuine interest in the voluntary sector, as well as an interest in the positive development of communities across Cheviot.
  • Can communicate effectively and have good interpersonal skills.
  • Can be an independent voice alongside SBC Officials, Elected Councillors and other members of the panel, to provide constructive feedback.
  • Have the willingness to work as part of a team and ability to listen to the views of all other panel members.

Applications are welcome from anyone living in the Cheviot area aged 16 and over.

No previous experience is required but successful candidates will have a genuine interest in the positive development of communities across Cheviot. We are looking to form a mixed group of experienced and non-experienced grant assessors however, applicants should have an understanding of local need and priorities, have good communication and interpersonal skills, be willing to work as part of a team, be respectful of the views of others and be willing to learn.

Meetings of the Assessment panel will take place online using Zoom or Teams. This is a one year pilot and appointments are for one year in the first instance, starting July 2021.