Grant Panel Member

A commitment of around 12 days per year. Non-remunerated; paid expenses

About the Football Foundation

Over the last 22 years, the Foundation has awarded more than 23,000 grants to deliver outstanding grassroots facilities across England worth more than £877 million. This year, the Foundation will be investing more money than ever into facilities across England and is committed to improving the experience of playing football for everyone. 

The Foundation’s goal is to unlock the power of pitches ensuring everyone has a great place to play regardless of gender, race, disability or place.

The role

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to join our Grants Panel. This independent panel of experts is responsible for scrutinising grant applications to ensure consistency of assessment against approved processes and criteria, value for money and the potential to achieve strategic objectives. The Panel then has the important role of approving grants and making recommendations.

What are we looking for?

As a Member of the Grants Panel, you should have knowledge or understanding of grant management, and of assessing projects and identifying desired outcomes. You will need to demonstrate sound business judgement, effective communication and interpersonal skills, and a willingness to work as part of a team to help the Football Foundation achieve its aims.  You should also have a genuine interest in the charitable sector, as well as an interest in sports. 

Due to the current economic climate, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates with excellent knowledge of delivery of capital projects, with an in-depth understanding of how best value can be achieved.

We are looking to develop a Panel that is as inclusive as possible and which effectively represents the broad, diverse constituency that the Football Foundation is looking to support. We encourage and welcome applications from all, regardless of background.


This is an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to grassroots football. If you are inspired by the work of the Football Foundation and attracted to becoming a Member of our Grants Panel, please see the recruitment pack for more details about the role and how to apply.


Recruitment Pack

Equality & Diversity

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 diverse ethnic communities, individuals with a disability and those from the LGBTQI+ community.

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 (one-page of A4) highlighting your motivation for the post and indicating how your skills and experience meet the criteria for the role

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 Thursday 11 January 2024 at 9am.

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

First interviews will be online and are currently scheduled for 25 January 2024. Second interviews will be in person at Wembley Stadium and are currently scheduled for 8 February 2024.

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 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.