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Grants and Trusts Manager

Tuberous Sclerosis Assocation
Closing date
20 Mar 2024

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Fundraising, Trusts & Foundations
Health & Medical
Full Time
Contract Type

The TSA is looking for an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and experienced person to join our small but ambitious fundraising team. You’ll help the TSA by leading on all grants and trusts activities, providing us with the income that allows us to be here for the TSC community.

A highly experienced, confident, and capable Grants and Trusts Manager, you’ll have the ability to maximise income and raise the profile of the TSA with existing and prospective grant funders so that our vital work can continue. You’ll have proven experience of writing successful single and multiyear funding applications and generating income from charitable trusts and foundations for core costs and projects.

You’ll have a genuine passion about making a difference and working with a range of different people to increase income generation through grant funding activities. The chosen candidate will have the ability to build and maintain exceptional relationships with funders and demonstrable strong communication skills.

In return, you’ll know that you’re making a massive difference in the lives of thousands of people across the UK, while working in an environment that encourages flexible and supportive working.

Grants and Trust Manager responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the Head of Fundraising and TSA team members to deliver fundraising strategy goals and objectives to achieve agreed team income targets
  • Lead on, manage and develop our portfolio of grant making funders and build good working relationships with existing and new funding partners
  • Research and identify new funders and submit high quality and compelling funding applications tailored to meet the funding priorities of the TSA
  • Maintain and develop a healthy pipeline of grant funders, and proactively seek new opportunities to maximise income
  • Track ongoing income of trusts and foundations bids, forecasting for future months and years
  • Ensure deadlines are met and funders are kept informed about the work of the charity
  • Administer funding income received and keep accurate records using CRM system
  • Ensure that funders are thanked, and donations are acknowledged in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Effectively monitor and report on progress and performance, and mitigate for any budget shortfalls
  • Work collaboratively with the Head of Fundraising and TSA team members to produce strong cases for support for funding applications and other fundraising activities

Marketing and communications responsibilities

  • Play a pivotal role in shaping the way we communicate the impact of the charity for people affected by TSC across our digital platforms and marketing materials
  • Work collaboratively with TSA team members to develop materials that support grant funding

General responsibilities

  • Adhere to all TSA policies, procedures, values and behaviours
  • Comply with all internal and external Health and Safety requirements and complete Risk Assessments as appropriate
  • Work as part of a small fundraising team, you will enjoy taking on new challenges and happy to work flexibly as the TSA develops a balanced portfolio of income across regular givers, trusts and foundations, corporate partners, major donors and legacies
  • Represent the charity at a small number of TSA events as required

Other requirements of the post

The post holder must be prepared to work flexibly to meet the needs of the organisation.  This may entail occasional evening and weekend work. Occasional travel within the UK may be required for team meetings and events.

A DBS enhanced disclosure will be required prior to taking up post.

Person specification


  • A successful background in professional trust and foundation fundraising and stewardship
  • Excellent knowledge of trust and foundation funding landscape, timescales for projects and monitoring and reporting requirements
  • Experience of developing relationships with funders and securing single and multiyear grants
  • Experience of contributing to fundraising strategies, financial knowledge and budget setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including accurate and high-level document presentation skills
  • Excellent proofing and checking skills, with close attention to detail
  • Tenacious and self- motivated with a proactive approach to income generation activities
  • Excellent IT skills, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, internet use and database skills.
  • Experience of using Beacon or a similar CRM system
  • Ability to work to deadlines and appropriately prioritise competing deadlines
  • The ability to plan, prioritise and manage own workload
  • Effective team player who is willing to take on new challenges and work flexibly to meet the needs of the charity (including occasional evenings and weekends to deliver presentations and attend events)


  • Experience of working with people living with learning disabilities or autism
  • Experience of working with children or adults with disabilities or chronic health conditions
  • Understanding of the relevant regulatory frameworks, Institute of Fundraising Codes of Conduct, Fundraising Regulator guidelines and Gift Aid regulation
  • Knowledge and understanding of charity law as it applies to grant fundraising

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a competency-based interview. The interview process will include a test of essential skills.

Due to the expected volume of applicants, we will not be able to acknowledge candidates who are not shortlisted.

No agencies please.

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