The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive.
National Lottery players raise an incredible £36 million a week for good causes. This money funds projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage and enrich lives through arts, spots and culture. We are proud to be one of 12 distributors responsible for awarding this funding across the UK.
Thanks to National Lottery players, last year we were able to award over half a billion pounds of life-changing funding to UK communities, supporting thousands of projects making a real difference to people’s lives.
Over eight in ten of our grants were for under £10,000 going to grassroots groups and charities across the UK doing great things to support their communities, during a particularly tough time.
We also distribute non-National Lottery funds, working closely with Government on funding for important issues, such as tackling loneliness, multiple and complex needs, mental health and distributing Dormant Accounts money.
Over the last five years we’ve awarded a total of £3.4 billion, of which £2.7 billion is National Lottery money.
We fund things that matter – whether helping communities respond positively to national, regional or local priorities, or helping the UK achieve its big social ambitions. Our grants range from £500 up to multi-million-pound programmes – supporting people and projects to do extraordinary things and bring great ideas for their community to life.
About the role
The National Lottery Community Fund has an opening in Leicester for a Funding Officer. This requires an individual who is passionate about their community and the voluntary sector.
Based in the city, you will be part of a remote team of Funding Officers and Funding Managers, covering The Fund’s Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire patch, but also working within our wider Midlands team.
Leicester is a city full of heritage, innovation and culture, full of rich and diverse communities. However, it also includes areas of significant deprivation.
The role of Funding Officer is critical to the work of The Fund. It involves having conversations with community groups, gathering information and using local context to inform how Lottery funding is invested into the city.
Because we receive more applications than we can fund, you will often have to say no, sometimes to good projects. As a customer-facing ambassador for The Fund, this will require you to be diplomatic, assertive and compassionate.
As a remote worker, as well as an element of home working, our Funding Officers are expected to be “out and about” within the local area, getting to know groups and understanding the challenges that communities are facing.
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 37 Hours per week
Interview Date: W/C 8th November
Location: Midlands - Hybrid working with travel
• Lived experience or working knowledge of Leicester and the local third sector.
• 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
• Ability to assess a high volume of applications and manage a caseload, make good judgments, write reports, challenge when appropriate and manage risk.
• Analytical skills: Ability to assess a high volume of applications, make good judgements, challenge when appropriate and manage risk.
• An ability to manage your own workload with minimal supervision
• Demonstrate sound IT skills and the ability to learn detailed processes
• Travel is an essential part of the role – access to a car is recommended for when it is safe to be out and about in the community.
Communities in the UK come in all shapes and sizes. National Lottery funding is for everyone – we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and work hard to ensure our funding reaches where it is needed.
We also 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. 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.
We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We welcome applications from disabled people and will proactively make reasonable adjustments if needed through the recruitment process and during employment. This can be related to a physical and mental health conditions.
We are also proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion, supporting our commitment to being a great place to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff.
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