Become a Relief Fund Decision-maker

Building on the success of the participatory process that delivered the Rapid Response Fund, we would once again like to ask members of the Barking & Dagenham community to act as decision-makers for the COVID Relief fund.

While we welcome returning decision-makers, we will prioritise bringing in new perspectives where possible to ensure as many people as possible have an opportunity to be involved in our work.

It will require an estimated time commitment of 7-10 hours scattered across several days in February.

Decision-makers will be compensated for their time, in line with the London Living Wage (£10.85ph). This can be made as a cash payment but an alternative of equivalent value can be arranged if that would better suit your circumstances.

Please note that you will be responsible for making the correct arrangements with tax and/or benefits and we encourage you to seek advice if you are unsure how a cash payment may impact you.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.


Application deadline

All applications to become a grant-maker need to be submitted by 8 February

Mon 8 February (9am)

Introductory meeting

This will consist of a mandatory 1-hour introductory meeting held on Zoom.

Here, you will be introduced to the other grant-makers and learn more about what we mean by participatory work.

We will take you through our thinking and show you how to use the online tool we will be using for the assessments.

Thu 11 February (6pm)

Deadline for funding applications

The window for applying for funding will close on 15 February.

Mon 15 February (5pm)

Evaluation of funding applications

Due to the pandemic, grant-makers will need to make these decisions remotely and will need to be able to do the following:

  • open and read PDFs 
  • assess applications using a browser-based tool, consider.it
16-25 February

Funding distributed

Funding offers will be made according to decisions reached by the group.

w/c 1 March


We will ask all the grantees to meet with the grant-makers to discuss and reflect on the funding process.