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Community Fund Panel Member

We have allocated a fund to support projects aimed at benefiting our residents and communities. Community groups are encouraged to apply for funding from this pool, and we want to recruit a panel of up to 12 resident volunteers to oversee and evaluate the incoming applications.

A panel member will undergo training to develop the confidence and expertise necessary for evaluating applications and deciding whether their bids are approved or denied. The panel also reserves the right to request additional information from applicants to properly assess their applications before making a final decision.

From projects to improve neighbourhoods, to running activities that support vulnerable people, and organising events that bring people together, groups that apply to the fund will need to explain how their project will benefit the community.

This is an exciting opportunity to ensure that funding is used in the best way to benefit as many communities as possible.

What does a Community Fund Panel Member do?

  • Attend regular panel meetings to assess Community Fund applications.
  • Refer to the Community Fund’s Terms and Conditions when assessing applications to ensure that they meet the requirements of the fund
  • Take part in training that is designed to help you to understand the Terms and Conditions of the fund and to evaluate applications
  • Work as a team to discuss each application and decide on whether it meets the Terms and Conditions
  • Agree to be respectful of each other’s views and to help create a safe and friendly space for all panel members
  • Ensure that any sensitive information shared with you and other panel members is kept confidential
  • Will have the opportunity to invite representatives to meetings to explain their project to you in more detail as part of evaluating the funding bids.
  • May also carry out site visits to relevant projects in order to find out more about what communities want to achieve

Panel members will be asked to sign a Confidentiality and Code of Conduct Agreement once training has been completed.

Who are we looking for?

We will welcome United Welsh residents and family members who:

  • want to make a real and positive difference to communities and neighbourhoods
  • would like to take part in training opportunities to increase their skills and confidence
  • have a non-judgmental approach and have an interest in people and communities with different interests and from different backgrounds
  • would like to work as part of a team
  • are able to offer the time and commitment to the Community Fund Panel
  • are over the age of 16
  • Are from diverse backgrounds to promote inclusivity

You do not have to have previous experience.  Full training will be provided.

We do ask that you are able to commit time to attend the training and to be part of the panel meetings and we will complete a small assessment to ensure that you are able to commit to the role.

We may ask for references or will fund a DBS check if the volunteer is supporting events or activities that children or vulnerable adults attend.

Additional Information

Location: Caerphilly (venue to be confirmed)

Time: TBC


  • Initial training sessions, both in person and online. We require volunteers to attend training and initial meetings to set up the research panel
  • Panel meetings will be monthly but could reduce
  • Meetings will be held at a time that suits most of the research panel members’ needs.


All our volunteers receive our volunteer induction and welcome training.

In addition, further training will be provided on:

  • How to manage a grant fund
  • Terms and Conditions of the fund
  • Communication
  • Team working
  • Equality and diversity
  • Confidentiality
  • Any further training needs that are identified

There will also be opportunities for further development.


• Volunteers will be reimbursed for out-of-pocket travel expenses
• Volunteers will be paid milage from home address to place of volunteering and return
• Volunteers will be paid a maximum of £5 per hour to a registered childcare provider for them to carry out their volunteer role


If you are interested in becoming a Community Fund Panel Member, please complete the enquiry form below.


Enquiry form