Teviot & Liddesdale Community Fund Assessment Panel Member

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Teviot & Liddesdale Community Fund Pot B Assessment Panel provides an exciting new opportunity to join a small community led team responsible for assessing SBC’s Community Fund applications and making funding recommendations to Teviot & Liddesdale Area Partnership for approval.

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 panel members is to:
• Scrutinise funding applications submitted to the Teviot & Liddesdale Community Fund Pot B 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
• 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.

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 Teviot & Liddesdale.
• Can communicate effectively and have good interpersonal skills.
• Can be an independent voice alongside Community Councillors, 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.

Working alongside eight Community Council ward representatives, this is an important and challenging role, offering a chance to contribute the Teviot & Liddesdale Area Partnership by examining grant applications to ensure consistency of assessment against approved processes and criteria, value for money and the potential to achieve positive outcomes for the benefit of the community. The Panel aims to contribute to the open, accountable and transparent decision making in relation to Teviot & Liddesdale Community Fund Pot B. Eight spaces on the panel have been allocated to Community Council ward areas and recruitment for up to five additional panel members is now open.

Closing date for applications: 06/10/2021

Online application form: https://scotborders.citizenspace.com/customer-communities/tlap-recruitment

Organisation aims and objectives

Scottish Borders Council is one of 32 local authorities in Scotland responsible for providing a range of public services including education, social care, roads and transport and economic development. Local Area Partnerships are Council committees which provide an opportunity for everyone to participate in discussion and debate about the challenges and opportunities people see affecting their area. They are responsible for making decisions and allocating grants through the Community Fund.


All Panel members must live in the Teviot & Liddesdale area of the Scottish Borders.
Experience required: Successful candidates will have a genuine interest in the positive development of communities across Teviot & Liddesdale. 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.
Travel details: Online meetings using tools such as Zoom or Teams. Members of the assessment panel will be required for a maximum of 1-2 days every 3 months. There are no set times or days for this volunteer position but the assessment panel will have timelines to meet ahead of each Area Partnership meeting. The time you are required for will depend on the number of Community Fund applications there are to assess.


Training details: • Introduction to Scottish Borders Council • SBC’s Community Fund • Assessing grant applications
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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