Join the Community Grants panel 

Waltham Forest Culture is looking for panel members to select the next round of successful Make it Happen Arts and Culture Grants for 2021. If you are a local resident with an interest in arts and culture in Waltham Forest, then this paid temporary role could be for you! 

We are looking to recruit 5 people for the Autumn 2020 grants panel. Applicants for the selection panel role must show they have a passion and commitment to arts and culture in Waltham Forest, and strong connections to places and communities in the borough.

We strive to create a fair, impartial and transparent selection process for our grant giving processes. We are seeking an external resident led panel that is representative of the diversity of the borough in terms of ethnicity, gender, age, culture, geographic representation and artistic focus.

Deadline for applications is Friday 30 October

The panel will meet on Zoom so you will need access to a computer and an internet connection. 

How to Apply

Complete the online application form 

About the Make it Happen Grants 

Make it Happen Grants are project grants to support arts and culture activity in Waltham Forest. We are looking for high quality, innovative ideas that offer unique cultural experiences to Waltham Forest residents. 

Potential grant applicants are provided with an information pack and support from the Waltham Forest Arts and Culture Team through workshops and 1:1 project meetings. 

We typically receive over 100 applications which are then shortlisted by a team of Waltham Forest Culture Officers based on scoring criteria which are published as part of the application process. Find more information on the grants

About the Selection Panel Process

We will run one training day where we discuss the scoring process and the key things we would like to panel to consider when selecting successful projects. 

Only shortlisted applications are sent to the grant selection panel, who will then review each of the shortlisted applications and score them against the agreed scoring criteria.  

The panel will meet over two days and score each application, there will be opportunity to discuss each application with the rest of the panel. 

All scores will be averaged across the panel. On the last day panelists will deliberate to decide on the successful projects as a group.

About the grant selection panel role

We are looking for people that:

  • Live, work or study in Waltham Forest, who are artists, arts professionals or community ambassadors
  • Have an interest in the arts, culture and heritage
  • Can communicate clearly and contribute to effective decision making  

We are particularly keen to receive applications to become a member of the grant selection panel from people who belong or identify with one or more of the following: Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic group in the UK, Eastern European, refugee, D/deaf, disabled, LGBTQ+


  • Aged 16+
  • Live, work or study in Waltham forest 
  • Not currently an employee of Waltham Forest Council

You will need to be able to

  • Attend 1 x online grant panel training day 
  • Attend 2 to 2.5 online panel scoring days (depending on number of applications shortlisted)
  • Provide a photo and short description of yourself to be included in the Waltham Forest Culture website.

The panel training day will take place on Wednesday 18 November 2020

The panel scoring days will take place on Monday 23 November 2020 and Tuesday 24 November 2020

We will offer:

  • Free training day
  • £350 total fee for all days 

Access and application support 

You should apply for this position by completing the online application form. If you would prefer to submit your application in an alternative format for access reasons, please email We will also accept video applications, please state your name, contact details and answer the application questions in a short video of no more than six minutes and upload to the application form.  

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