£25,282 per annum + generous benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About Us

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK - we’re proud to award money raised by players of The National Lottery  to communities across the UK.

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 and community groups. 

We support a wide range of projects with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multi-million-pound programmes.

Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£588.2 million) of National Lottery funding to over 14,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life. Over eight in ten (83%) of our grants were for less than £10k, going to grassroots groups and charities.

We are here to support people and communities through bad times as well as good – and that has never been so important as this year. Thanks to National Lottery players, we’ve been able to respond quickly and positively to communities working hard to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Their efforts have been humbling and inspiring and we’re delighted to have been able to help by distributing over £400 million pounds in National Lottery funding alone across the UK since the first lockdown began in March 2020.

About the Role

The role of Funding Officer is critical to the work of the fund. You will be part of a team of 2 working across Cumbria to support applicants in forming their applications to the fund.

You will have to be pragmatic and, because we have more applications than funding available, will often have to “say no”. You will be working within a framework and regional strategy to help address some of the challenges that communities in the region face. You need to be flexible, diplomatic, assertive when it is needed and you will be the outward customer facing ambassador for the fund.

You will be expected to work as part of the regional team, supporting colleagues as necessary and have the ability to learn and follow operational procedures.

Fundamentally you will be expected to “get out and about” within the area, get to know the groups that exist, those that go under the radar and grow to understand the challenges that communities face.

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered

Interview Date: 4th November 2021

Location: Cumbria, able to travel to this location regulary

Essential Criteria

  • You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • You will need to be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the issues facing the communities in Cumbria and how the 3rd sector plays its role within that setting.
  • You must be able to build relationships and be confident representing the fund at various levels including public speaking, community forums and strategic external stakeholders eg MP’s Local Authority CEOs etc.

Desirable Criteria

  • Because of the size of the county and its rural nature a driving license would be desirable.
  • You need to be flexible and happy to work outside normal working hours when necessary
  • You will also be required, on a frequent basis, to attend meetings outside of Cumbria including to our offices in Newcastle and very occasionally, overnight at other locations.

For You

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 for further details about the vacancy and our application process. 

Equal Opportunities

We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. As such we particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

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.

Posted on: 29 September 2021
Closed date: 24 October 2021
Job ref: 210097
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