Be a Better Grant Assessor Training Workshop

  • Wrigleys Solicitors - Leeds & Sheffield
  • 26 June, 10 July & 9 October
  • 10.00 - 3.00

Following the large demand for last year’s Yorkshire Funders’ Be a Better Grant Assessor training workshops run by Rob Billson, we’re pleased to confirm that we have three sessions in the calendar for 2024 and you can make your bookings now. Many thanks to our corporate supporter, Wrigleys Solicitors for providing their boardroom for all the sessions.

The dates for 2024 are:

26th June, Leeds – Wrigleys Solicitors, LS1 3AP Book here

10th July, Sheffield – Wrigleys Solicitors, S1 2FN Book here

9th October, Leeds – Wrigleys Solicitors, LS1 4AP Book here

  • For 2024, all bookings must be made via Eventbrite and if possible, please pay by credit card, but if you do need an invoice to pay by BACS or cheque, you will see this payment option listed on Eventbrite. We will then send you an invoice directly to the name and email address listed on Eventbrite.
  • It is a maximum of two people per organisation at each training workshop.
  • The cost is £50.00 per person if you or your organisation is a Yorkshire Funders’ member and £75.00 for non-members. This includes tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch.


This Yorkshire Funders’ training workshop is run by Rob Billson who is Community Foundation for Calderdale’s Grants Manager and an experienced training consultant. The session is for employees and trustees who are new to grant assessing, as well as those who are looking for a refresher.

There are more than 8,000 funders, foundations and charitable trusts in the UK and each of these may have different ways to assess applications for grants, based on their size, their criteria, size of grant, etc. But there are key issues and principles which most will have in common and it’s these that this course will focus on.

We will look at:

  • The role of the grants assessor
  • The characteristics of what makes a good grant assessment
  • The principles that underpin good practice in grant assessment
  • What we are looking for when assessing a grant application and interpreting governing documents
  • What we need to do and be aware of so that our assessments are objective, fair, and equitable
  • What information does a good assessor need to make an objective, fair, and equitable assessment?

Doing this course will help you:

  • Identify the key principles of grant assessing
  • Identify the risks that affect making good assessment and how to plan for them
  • Identify what makes a good grant application and how to find this information
  • Develop solutions to dilemmas and choices in grant assessments learning from colleagues in similar positions

The session will be a mixture of information, presentations, exercises, talking, listening, and learning from each other, so that you can become a better grant assessor.