Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£19,500 - £20,500 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Up to £20.5k (depending on experience)       

Salary will rise to £22,500 upon completion of successful 6 month probationary period.                           (Full-time – 35 hours per week)    

Blended remote and office working   

Line Manager: Grants & Operations Manager

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation is looking for a GRANTS OFFICER

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) is a registered charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Cambridgeshire. We work with many partners to:

  • Actively inspire philanthropy & increase permanent resources for Cambridgeshire
  • Invest in important community programmes through grants
  • Provide leadership on critical community issues

Over the past 18 months we have taken a leading role in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. CCF created the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund, which raised and dispersed over £1.3m to projects tackling the impacts of the pandemic. 

This has been in addition to our ongoing work. Our unique approach is based upon empowering communities to identify how to enact positive change from the ground up. Located in Cambridge, we work all over Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and are part of worldwide network of Community Foundations on a mission to improve lives and communities in their local areas. In our latest year 2020/21 we awarded over 900 grants totalling almost £3.8 million. The grants support community-focussed organisations helping people from across our county.

This vacancy offers an exciting opportunity to play a key role in our growing team.


CCF aims to deliver a successful grant-making programme that encourages strong applications from voluntary groups and charities, critically assesses them and makes recommendations to Donors to distribute funds.

As Grants Officer you will play a pivotal role in the programme team – assisting with marketing, planning, delivering and reporting on our grant-making programme to ensure targets are met.

Job Specification

  • To identify groups and input marketing ideas to reach programme and fund spend targets
  • To process/ oversee the processing of grant applications including advising applicants, scrutinizing accounts and governing documents, assessing applications, preparing paperwork, creating reports, evaluating monitoring and attending donor panels
  • To take responsibility for end-to-end delivery of certain programmes
  • To build specialist knowledge of CCF database
  • To take an active role in continuous improvement and best practice initiatives


Our Grants Officers require:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven customer-facing skills
  • Confident numeracy skills
  • Commitment to quality

In addition the successful candidate will have:

  • Proven eye for detail - be able to produce, analyse and proofread reports/communications to a high standard of accuracy
  • Experience of planning, organising and prioritising workloads effectively
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Microsoft Office (and 365) and proven experience of using databases

The successful Grants Officer will be a positive and focused individual who can take the initiative as well as follow prescribed processes. Flexibility, enthusiasm and a commitment to our lively and ambitious team are key to our future.

CCF’s office is based in Cambridge but our approach is a blend of office and homeworking. In order to access the office, which is on Marshall’s airport site, all staff must complete DBS and security checks in order to obtain a security pass.

Some travel to meetings across the county (some rural locations) is required as are occasional evening meetings and events. Driving license and access to a vehicle is desirable.

Salary will rise to £22,500 upon completion of successful 6 month probationary period.

All staff receive 25 days holiday per annum and all staff are auto-enrolled in CCF’s pension scheme provided by NEST.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Due to the volume of responses we receive, unfortunately we are not able to give feedback to individuals. If you have not heard back within 7 days from the application deadline please assume that you have not been successful for the role you have applied for.

We treat everyone equally.

Application Instructions

In the first instance , please submit your CV and a covering letter

Refreshed on: 30 September 2021
Closed date: 15 October 2021
Tags: Admin, Project Management

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