£150 per day
Contract, 3 months, Part-time
Job description

Mainspring Arts is seeking an experienced freelance fundraiser to help the organisation diversify its income streams and become more financially sustainable.

Mainspring Arts is an innovative charity dedicated to increasing and promoting neurodiversity in the arts. We do this by facilitating workshops and artist development opportunities, producing free resources and creating platforms for neurodivergent artists to present work, with all opportunities tailored to the individual needs of the participants.

After becoming a registered charity in 2020 and recruiting a new board of trustees in early 2021, we are now looking for a freelance fundraiser to help us grow as an organisation and reach the next level in financial sustainability.

The successful candidate will work with the Mainspring Arts co-directors to:

  • Plan and initiate a fundraising strategy for the next year and onwards

  • Identify potential sources of income

  • Write funding bids

  • Build on relationships with existing funders

We are looking for someone with significant experience in fundraising, preferably within arts organisations. The ideal candidate will have excellent knowledge of trusts and foundations and experience in corporate partnerships, and a strong track record of writing successful funding bids.

This is a freelance contract, initially for 12 days spread over three months but with the possibility of extending after this.

  • Start date: 25th October 2021

  • End date: 28th January 2022

  • Job type: Freelance, part time, flexible

  • Fee: £1,800 (12 days at £150 per day)

  • Application deadline: 10am on Monday 4th October

This is a remote working role, so the successful candidate will need access to a computer and the internet. You will need to manage your own time, although you will be supported by the Mainspring Arts co-directors.

Access support will be available for all candidates during the recruitment process and, for the successful candidate, throughout the contract.

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as neurodivergent. We actively encourage applications from disabled and d/Deaf people, people from the global majority*, migrants, working class people and LGBTQIA+ people.

*This includes people of Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, South East Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab, Latinx, Jewish, Romany and Irish Traveller heritage.


How to apply

Please send us your CV and a cover letter explaining how your skills, qualities and experience match the job description, and why you would like to work with us.

You can send your CV and cover letter in whichever format works best for you - written, video or audio. If sending large audio or video files, please send them via WeTransfer.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 4th October. We will be in touch with all applicants by Friday 8th October. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Zoom interview between 11-15th October. The successful candidate will start the role from the week beginning 25th October.

The successful candidate will be appointed subject to two satisfactory references and proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

If you have any questions, need help with the application or would like this information in a different format, please get in touch with us via the 'apply on website' link.

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Refreshed on: 02 September 2021
Closed date: 03 October 2021
Tags: Fundraising