Grant Writer

Working together with Wokingham Borough Council, involve has a full time opportunity for a 12 month contract for a Grant Writer to join our Funding Service. This unique role has been identified specifically to help a select number of charities and groups operating in the Wokingham Borough who, due to COVID-19  have increased financial pressures or sustainability issues so are in need of grant writing services. The post will be based in our Bracknell office or at home depending on current circumstances and will focus on writing grants to support local charities, community, and voluntary groups and other not-for-profit organisations.

We are looking for a fundraiser who:

  • Has two or more years experience writing grants and
  • can demonstrate a successful track record of raising income from a number or different trusts & foundations
  • understands the key issues faced by small and medium charities and community groups
  • has good insight into one or more key charitable sectors, and
  • is happy to write small as well as a larger application
  • has good communication skills
  • can set and meet deadlines
  • can effectively collate key information and ideas and clearly and effectively distil and summarise these for applications and reports.

Please submit an update CV and clear covering letter outling how you meet the above bullet points as well as responding to the full Job Description.

Interviews will take place remotely w/b 1st June.

Hours: 37 hours p/w, 12 month contract
Location: Bracknell office/ home considered – possible travel across Wokingham Borough
Salary: Up to £12.00 p/h (£23,088pa)

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Liaise with the Funding Advisor as source for work stream and support re: direction/ ways forward with clients
  • Building a relationship and understanding with a identified number of local charities and groups
  • Work with Funding Advisor to identify local and national funding opportunities suitable and appropriate for the charities/ groups
  • Understand organisations sufficiently enough to be able to write on their behalf
  • Plan and write grants/ bids on behalf of other charities and groups
  • Liaise with groups to source required information, detail, evidence etc.
  • Undertake all work required to develop strong bids/ grants taking them up to point of submission then handing over to charities/ groups to submit
  • Facilitate collaboration/ partnership building opportunities if appropriate
  • Ensure robust QA via the Funding Advisor prior to any grant/bid submission
  • Meet deadlines for applications
  • Ensure high quality, strong bids are delivered
  • Manage grant/ bid submissions carefully minimising duplication but acting strategically to enable maximum gain
  • Manage expectations and divide time fairly and equally amongst eligible charities and groups
  • Bring in income to the charities and groups you are allocated to work with and support
  • Keep accurate records of bids/grants including monitoring success rates
  • Operate with appropriate levels of confidentiality
  • Support colleagues at involve events as required
  • Positively promote and seize opportunities to enhance and grow the work of involve and where appropriate, represent the organisation externally
  • Contribute to the development of the service by advising Management of areas of particular need, new opportunities and local development
  • To undertake any other tasks or duties that may reasonably be required in relation to this role
  • To undertake any other duties as directed by the General Manager
  • To work with other involve staff to ensure appropriate customer care is provided at all times.

Person Specification

  • Personable; friendly, respectful and non-patronising, polite and courteous.
  • Reliable; punctual, organised keeping changes to a minimum and making necessary arrangements in the event of any issues.
  • Mature disposition and sense of humour.
  • Creative; finding ways to move organisations forward, exploring different ideas and options that may require out of the box thinking and planning
  • Thorough: Excellent attention to detail, good time management and organised

Essential and desirable experience, qualifications, skills and knowledge

  • Has two or more years experience writing grants
  • Can demonstrate a successful track record of raising income from a number or different trusts & foundations
  • understands the key issues faced by small and medium charities and community groups
  • has good insight into one or more key charitable sectors, and
  • is happy to write small as well as a larger application
  • has good communication skills
  • can set and meet deadlines
  • can effectively collate key information and ideas and clearly and effectively distil and summarise these for applications and reports.
  • Good level of education including proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of the grant/ foundation sector
  • Confident face to face, on the telephone and with email communications
  • Hard working; this will be a demanding role – expectations will be high and outcomes will have to be achieved
  • Proficient with IT specifically Microsoft 365
  • Knowledge of the voluntary and community sector in the Wokingham Borough desirable but not essential
  • Positive attitude; ability to work alone, show initiative and take responsibility
  • Punctual and effective time management skills, and able to prioritise tasks accordingly
  • Committed to equality & diversity, equal opportunities, safeguarding principles and confidentiality
  • Access to a car is not essential but some travel may be required

Click here to apply via Charity Jobs: charityjob.co.uk/jobs/grant-writer