The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK - we’re proud to award money raised by players of The National Lottery to communities across the UK. Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to over 11,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life. We support a wide range of health, educational, environmental, and charitable projects with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multi-million-pound programmes. 86% of our new grants were for less than £10k.
At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone and we’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities. We have changed how we work across the Fund to help us serve people and communities more effectively, working flexibly and on their terms; working closer to communities.
About the Role
Funding Officers are responsible for our grant-making activity in a geographical area, including pre-application support, assessment, grant management and gathering and sharing learning. You will ensure that our funding responds to the local context, and challenge yourself and colleagues to continually improve the way we work across the Midlands region.
You will build long term relationships with people and organisations in the area you cover, this will include reaching out to new and different groups, supporting people who are applying and continuing to work with them after a grant has been awarded.
You will be responsible for understanding how an organisation’s ideas align with our funding priorities, and making good judgements about when to take an application further or when to signpost to other opportunities.
You will combine local knowledge, your knowledge of the social policy of the third sector and understanding of best practice and the experience of grant holders to make informed recommendations about who and what we fund.
You will represent the Fund within your local area including at funding fairs and external meetings, and create opportunities for people to come together. You will share learning from your conversations, events, grant holder reports and evaluations with other colleagues so that we can maximise our impact.
You’ll be part of a team, led by a Funding Manager, and comprised of a number of other Funding Officers.
The ability to drive and access to a vehicle is benefical for this role.
Location: Coventry and Warwickshire (ideally living in Coventry)
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered
Interview Date: Two stage Interview process
Telephone interviews: W/C 1st March 2021 or W/C 8th March 2021
Selection interview date: W/C 22nd March 2021
The location of this role is as stated within the advert however due to the pandemic colleagues are temporarily remote working and this is under regular review in-line with government guidelines
We are looking for talented people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences who share our values and are passionate about making a difference through our funding. Whether through lived or gained experience you will really understand the communities we work with.You will have:
You will have:
- Communication skills: Strong listening, written and verbal communication with an emphasis on written communication for assessment purposes.
- Relational skills: Ability to nurture, develop and promote effective relationships and communication with colleagues, community organisations and other external agencies with a strong commitment to equity and inclusion
- Analytical skills: Ability to assess a high volume of applications, make good judgements, challenge when appropriate and manage risk. Understanding of financial planning and business plans, ability to analyse accounts and numerical data, and to identify and manage risk
- Lived experience within and/or knowledge of the Coventry area and its third sector.
- An ability to manage your own workload with minimal supervision.
You will work from several locations across the area, including your home and our offices with the expectation that you will be flexible in order to get the best outcomes for our customers.
- Experience working with underrepresented communities in the region
- Demonstrate sound IT skills and the ability to learn detailed processes
We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.
We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:
- Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
- Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
- Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
- Season ticket and cycle to work loans
- Paid volunteering leave
How to Apply
Visit our website The National Lottery Community Fund for further details about the vacancy and our application process.
Equality, diversity and inclusion in our grant-making, and amongst our people, are all vital to our success in supporting people and communities to thrive. We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. We are a Disability Confident employer and positively welcome applications from disabled people.