Grants panel member

The 2023 recruitment is now closed

If you want us to let you know when we recruit again for this role please get in touch.


We want to create better access to free legal advice and representation for disabled people on benefits, debt, housing, homelessness, community care, personal liberty, and equal access to goods and services

We also want to involve more voices from people closer to the front line in our grant-making

Grants panel

We’re recruiting a panel of 10-12 people with lived experience of disability or learned experience of legal advice.

We want to recruit people from across the four nations of the UK.

The role

The main task is to review proposals from projects providing legal advice and representation for disabled people and recommend a selection of these for a grant.

We’d also like the panel to:

  • Look at reports from funded projects and reflect on these for trustees
  • Consider the operating environment for legal advice projects serving disabled people and provide a comment on this
  • Review the scope of the programme and recommend changes and developments

Skills needed

The main skills needed are:

  • Good enough written and spoken English or equivalent (for example BSL) to understand and comment on grant applications
  • Able to use email, Zoom and standard office software like Word
  • Able to contribute to a group decision and take on board different points of view
  • Working within our values


This is a paid role on a self-employed basis. The rate is £150/day plus expenses, access costs, and childcare. Panel members will be paid for five days. This will include an orientation/training day.

Appointment is for three years.

Convening the panel

The panel will convene in person or virtually. How people meet and discuss proposals will depend on what suits panel members. To start with the panel will convene to consider grants once a year.

The panel will be facilitated to make sure everyone’s voice is heard equally.

How to apply

This recruitment round is now closed.

If you want us to let you know when we recruit again for this role please get in touch.


12.00pm on Friday 29 September 2023.


October onwards by Zoom or in person in London.


If you are applying for this role the most important documents are our values, the grants panel role description and remuneration and expenses.

The FAQ answers a lot of questions about the nuts and bolts of the programme.

If you are appointed as a panel member you will agree to observe the policies on conflict of interest, confidentiality, diversity, equity and inclusion and feedback, complaints and whistleblowing.

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Last updated: 24 October 2023.