Grants Officer

Posted 8 March by Acapella Recruitment

Grants Officer

Nr High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Salary: £30,000-£35,000 + benefits
Hours: 37.5 hours per week.

Key purpose:
Working as a member of a small team, the Grants Officer will work closely with the RAF Central Fund’s ('the Fund’) Senior Management Team, beneficiary groups and internal RAF departments to develop and deliver a cohesive grant making strategy and will be responsible for supporting, administering and communicating the charity's grant giving programme.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the Head of Operations to develop a cohesive grant giving programme; developing priorities for funding; a suitable mechanism for identifying appropriate projects; undertaking research and assisting in the preparation of policy proposals and discussion papers for the Grants Committee and Trustees.
  • Support the Head of Operations in the execution and development of grants policy and criteria to support grant awards for RAF sporting activities.
  • Provide grant applicants and prospective applicants with advice and guidance to support the bid process.
  • Provide applicants and prospective applicants with bid development and business planning assistance.
  • Support the Marketing and Communications team in developing the charity’s web profile to support the introduction of a digital base for its grant application process.
  • Assist in the ongoing development and management of financial and administrative systems for administering, controlling and monitoring funding.
  • To assist in the development and maintenance of systems to allow the charity to assess the impact and effectiveness of grants.
  • Develop strong relationships with contacts at RAF stations, visiting potential projects and applicants as needed.
  • Work with external specialist resources as appropriate to complete initial pilot consultation projects with current and potential beneficiary groups.
  • Responsible for the immediate line management of the Grants Assistant to ensure the effective assessment and processing of grant applications.
  • Providing support to the Grants Assistant with the liaison and negotiation with applicants on all aspects of their applications.
  • To take responsibility for the effective assessment and processing of grant applications, to include all associated activities which may occur both pre and post-awards.
  • Execute due diligence when assessing application recommendations.
  • Ensuring that recommendations to the Grants Committee and Trustees are in line with current grant making policies and the charity’s objectives.
  • To act as secretary to the Grants Committee, including the maintenance of the minutes from all meetings.
  • Promoting the work of the charity through presentations and external visits
  • To monitor legislation and regulatory matters as they relate to the grants giving programme.
  • To provide external auditors with such assistance and information they may reasonable require in the conduct of their annual audit.

Person Specification:

Knowledge & Experience


  • Experience of working effectively within small teams on varied projects and initiatives
  • Experience of employee line-management.
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to summarise, prioritise and present information to varying audiences
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills
  • Full UK driving licence


  • Knowledge of the Armed Forced environment
  • Understanding of statistics and programme evaluation methods
  • Experience of delivering and evaluations of capital projects
  • Ability to gather information, report meaningful outputs and input strategic direction
  • Experience of working in a grant making organisation within the charitable sector

Skills & Attributes


  • Excellent IT software skills, particularly Word and Excel
  • Ability to build rapport quickly and to understand the requirements of a diverse range of beneficiary groups
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Financially astute
  • Well organised, efficient and accurate with meticulous attention to detail
  • Articulate with good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage a varied workload against deadlines and agreed timetables
  • Ability to work independently across multiple physical sites with minimal time management


  • Ability to improve controls within the organisation to ensure financial probity
  • Experience of developing/assisting with the development of web and other social media platforms.
  • Experience of CRM/Databases
  • Experience of working with web-based platforms
  • Experience of working with email marketing software

Personal Attributes


  • Flexible and adaptable with good interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter who is able to work on own initiative
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and deal with sensitive information
  • Dependable and reliable, able to keep calm and productive under pressure

If you have the relevant skills and experience required, please apply ASAP with your CV and a covering letter.

*PLEASE NOTE - by applying to this position, you agree for your CV & covering letter to be submitted to our client, who shall contact you directly, should your application make their short-list.

Required skills

  • Charity
  • Grants
  • finance
  • accounting

Reference: 34637605

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