Assessing grant applications

How grant applications are assessed can depend enormously on the size of the foundation, as well as on the mission and operational models adopted. There is no magic formula, but there are some key principles which underpin good practice. This course is for those who assess grant applications and want to explore the underlying principles, the challenges involved and to learn from different approaches.


This event will take place online. A Zoom link will be sent 48 hours before.

Day 1: 10.00am - 1.00pm 

Day 2: 10.00am - 1.00pm 

Speaker/Presenter:

Emma Beeston, Independent philanthropy advisor

Emma works as an independent philanthropy advisor, advising families and foundations on their giving. Her background is in grant-making and she has managed programmes for BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank Foundation.  She has considerable experience of assessing grant proposals for different funders including Comic Relief and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund. Emma teaches on two Masters programmes (University of Kent and Bayes Business School) as well as delivering training for ACF and others on grant making, programme design, and assessing.

Non-members are welcome to attend this event if they meet the criteria for ACF membership.

If you would like to discuss access requirements, please contact [email protected] 

Please note that this event might contain discussions of sensitive topics or information.