The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust funding a wide variety of organisations that work with people at the margins of society. We are a relational grant maker and tend to fund smaller, under-resourced organisations that offer direct services and address marginalisation as our applicants choose to define it. We have used an open grants application process (rather than specific funding programmes) for many years and encourage groups to apply for what they really want.
The new postholder will be coming into the Trust at an exciting moment in our development. For the year from April 2022 the whole Tudor team is setting aside time to re-think how the Trust operates in the future. One of the main drivers for this is the learning we have done around racial justice and how we embed this, both internally and through our grant making. We’ll also be spending time on practical work such as revisiting who we fund and how we support them.
About the role
As well as contributing to this ‘visioning’ work, the new post holder will take on a varied portfolio of active grants from a Grants Manager who is retiring, and will be involved in the assessment and development of new funding applications. To work in a relational way with applicants and grant holders, you will need to have a high level of emotional intelligence, good listening skills and the ability to provide useful and appropriate support to smaller voluntary organisations.
The role requires excellent communication skills, the ability to think and plan strategically, and the capacity to manage a diverse and demanding workload. Previous grant-making experience could be useful, but it is not essential, as we also want to hear from applicants who have first-hand knowledge of the issues facing smaller voluntary organisations, including their financial management, organisational structures and governance.
Last year we committed £21m in new grants, of which 24% went to organisations with a focus on Black and Ethnic Minority communities. In order to have a team that reflects our grant holders’ diversity, and as part of our journey towards racial justice, we are seeking to increase the number of people from racialised (Black and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds in our Grants Team. We are, therefore, encouraging people from racialised backgrounds, particularly Black people (who are currently under-represented on the team) to apply for this role.
Download the Candidate information pack. You'll also need the Application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Instructions and contact details are in the pack.