Grant Assessment Managers

£34,000 - £40,000 (dependent on skills and experience) plus generous benefits One full-time, permanent role and one full-time, temporary maternity cover role expected to last 12 months. Location: home-based, with occasional travel to Football Foundation office and funded sites.

With the recent announcement from the government to invest a further £205 million into grassroots football over the next 3 years, the Football Foundation is well-supported to continue to invest in pitches and communities across the nation. 

We currently have opportunities for a permanent Grant Assessment Manager, and a second Grant Assessment Manager on a temporary maternity cover contract that is expected to last 12 months. These are exciting roles for those with grant management and grant assessment experience to use their skills to support grassroots community football.

We have a great deal to get done, but how we do it matters too. We are striving to be an inclusive and diverse organisation – not only in the outcomes we deliver – but in how it feels to be one of the team. Helping to support the Football Foundation will give you the chance to deliver a positive impact in every community in England; to help transform lives and communities through great places to play; and to be part of a team that works hard and plays fair to achieve its goals. 

About the Football Foundation

We’re the Football Foundation - the Premier League, the FA and government’s charity delivering upon a shared vision to help communities improve their local football facilities through grants. We’re the only example of a partnership between a national Government and a national sport coming together to support communities throughout the country.

Over the last 20 years we’ve been busily planting the seeds to grow grassroots football, transforming communities where demand is greatest, and impact will be strongest. We have worked closely with local authorities, County FAs and other passionate people in communities up and down the country to deliver over 17,000 sports projects worth over £1.8 billion and we’ve got big plans to revolutionise England’s grassroots facilities over the next decade.

The role

Our Grant Assessment Managers form part of a centralised Grant Assessment function – a flexible and adaptable team which provide critique and assessment of applications submitted to the Football Foundation and Football Stadia Improvement Fund for both capital and revenue grants working within short timescales. In addition to the core function, Grant Assessment Managers are required to undertake post-award work to ensure the objectives of our grants are being met. This involves both face-to-face and remote meetings with grant recipients, where an assessment of delivery of outcomes and compliance with grant terms and conditions is made.

What are we looking for?

You don’t have to be a football fan to join the Foundation, but you must have a detailed understanding of grant application and grant giving processes and governance, coupled with an ability to effectively apply this knowledge to provide high levels of customer service.

You must have strong communication and interpersonal skills with experience of communicating with and supporting a diverse range of colleagues and applicants remotely.

Grant Assessment Managers must be highly organised, with the ability to respond flexibly to changing priorities, adapting their approach for each programme to ensure governance and compliance requirements are met.

For full details of the role and requirements, please download our recruitment pack below.

Download the recruitment pack

What can we offer you?

The salary for this role is £34,000-£40,000 per annum, dependent on relevant skills and experience. 

You will start on 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (which increases after 2 years), plus additional time off to volunteer. We also offer a generous pension scheme (8% employer contribution), collective bonus scheme, free health care provision, a monthly gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan, death in service benefit and access to selected match tickets

We are committed to helping our staff maintain a healthy work-life balance, so offer flexible working around core hours to help achieve that.

Equality and Diversity Commitment

We request that all applicants complete our equal opportunities form as part of the application process. This anonymous and confidential form helps the Football Foundation to build up a picture of who is applying to join the organisation, and to monitor progress in this area. The link to complete this is in the application process.

The Football Foundation is committed to, and values the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all our team feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential. We encourage and welcome applications from all, regardless of background and are particularly interested to hear from individuals belonging to under-represented groups including individuals from minoritised communities, individuals with a disability and LGBTQI+ individuals.

Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview stage, please contact us at

How do i apply?

To apply, please follow the steps outlined below:

1.    Please send the following to

  • CV
  • Cover letter - please highlight briefly and clearly how your skills, abilities and experience equip you for the role, together with your reasons for applying. Please also confirm if you are applying for the permanent role, the temporary maternity cover role, or are happy to be considered for both opportunities.

2.    Complete an anonymous Equal Opportunities form: Click here to fill it out. Please only fill out one form when you apply. If you need any help, please let us know.

The closing date for applications is: 23:59, 24 November 2021. Interviews are currently scheduled for 8 and 9 December 2021.

We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible, as we may close the advert once we have received sufficient applications.

All applications received will be short listed against the role requirements and person specification. Those most closely matching our requirements will be invited to take part in an online interview.

Due to the volume of applications received for most roles, the Foundation only contacts candidates if they are shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, you should assume your application has not been successful.

Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK to apply.