Funding Manager Permanent (South West)

The National Lottery Community Fund
South West England
£32,016 per annum + generous benefits
Closing date
25 Oct 2020

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Focussed on Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire (temporarily home based due to Government restrictions)

About Us

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

We are looking for a permanent Funding Manager to join our South West Regional Funding Team.  You will support a busy team of new and experienced Funding Officers during these unpredictable and changing times. 

You will coordinate equitable grant-making across a broad area that is likely to include Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire; ensuring that our funding processes are equitable and our investments respond to the local context.

Funding Managers are responsible for coordinating the whole lifecycle of our grant- making (pre-application, assessment, decision making, grant management, and learning), across thematic and geographical areas, placing communities at the heart of what we do.

As a Funding Manager you will have a small dispersed team of Funding Officers to support and manage, ensuring high levels of performance and being a positive role model for others. You will have excellent people management skills and be able to coach, inspire and empower staff; creating a constructive and positive working environment. 

You will have a passion for equitable grant making and be part of an inclusive team. You will be able to demonstrate a “can do” attitude and a solution focused approach. Your project management skills will be equally strong, with an ability to delegate when necessary, and your decision-making will be informed by robust analysis and critical assessment.

You will deliver excellent customer service and use feedback to improve what we do, whilst also drawing on your own learning and experience.   You will ensure that our funding responds to the local context.

You will build and maintain relationships with senior stakeholders in the area you cover and increase our impact by bringing people together and influencing others. You will support our ambition to significantly increase knowledge and learning being shared across the region.

You will be responsible for decision-making, budgeting, risk management, and ensuring that our funding is delivered to a high standard. Together with two other Funding Managers in the region you will report into the Head of Funding for the South West.Travel will be required to various locations and other offices when travel restrictions are eased.

Contract Type: Permanent Contract

Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered

Interview Date: Friday 13th November 2020

Your application should be focused on the essential and desirable criteria for this role

Essential Criteria

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills that enables you to bring people along with you and confidence to operate in all environments.  
  • Experience of leading teams and driving a high-performance culture through your ability to coach, involve and empower people.  
  • Proven ability to build and maintain excellent relationships with a range of senior level internal and external stakeholders.  

You will live within the geographic area listed that this role will cover in the South West and have excellent knowledge of that area.

You will work from a number of locations, including your home and our offices with the expectation that you will be flexible in order to get the best outcomes for our staff and customers.

Desirable Criteria

  • Strong attention to detail and sound analytical skills and judgement.  
  • Experience in managing complex budgets and processes  
  • A deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities for the VCSE sector including a commitment to equitable grant making.  

How to Apply 

Visit our website on The National Lottery Community Fund for further details about the vacancy and our application process.

Equal Opportunities

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.


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