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Grants Officer

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation is looking for a GRANTS OFFICER
Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) is a registered charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Cambridgeshire.

We work with many partners to:

  • Actively inspire philanthropy & increase permanent resources for Cambridgeshire
  • Invest in important community programmes through grants

Provide leadership on critical community issues

Up to £20.5k (depending on experience)

Salary will rise to £22,500 upon completion of successful 6 month probationary period.

(Full-time – 35 hours per week)       

Blended remote and office working

Line Manager: Grants & Operations Manager


Over the past 18 months we have taken a leading role in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. CCF created the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund, which raised and dispersed over £1.3m to projects tackling the impacts of the pandemic.

This has been in addition to our ongoing work. Our unique approach is based upon empowering communities to identify how to enact positive change from the ground up. Located in Cambridge, we work all over Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and are part of worldwide network of Community Foundations on a mission to improve lives and communities in their local areas. In our latest year 2020/21 we awarded over 900 grants totalling almost £3.8 million. The grants support community-focussed organisations helping people from across our county.

This vacancy offers an exciting opportunity to play a key role in our growing team.

Job Description

CCF aims to deliver a successful grant-making programme that encourages strong applications from voluntary groups and charities, critically assesses them and makes recommendations to Donors to distribute funds.

As Grants Officer you will play a pivotal role in the programme team – assisting with marketing, planning, delivering and reporting on our grant-making programme to ensure targets are met.

Job Specification

  • To identify groups and input marketing ideas to reach programme and fund spend targets
  • To process/ oversee the processing of grant applications including advising applicants, scrutinizing accounts and governing documents, assessing applications, preparing paperwork, creating reports, evaluating monitoring and attending donor panels
  • To take responsibility for end-to-end delivery of certain programmes
  • To build specialist knowledge of CCF database
  • To take an active role in continuous improvement and best practice initiatives


  • Work in accordance with the values, policies, and procedures of CCF.
  • Work withing CCF’s performance management approach including setting & reviewing progress against objectives, training and other personal development as required.
  • To assist the Grants & Operations Manager in preparing reports and paperwork for committees and panels.
  • Promote equal opportunities (in terms of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other forms of discrimination) throughout all aspects of CCF’s work.
  • The post will require occasional travel across Cambridgeshire and occasionally other UK locations.
  • The post holder will need to be flexible and adaptable and undertake such duties as may be reasonably requested from time to time by the CEO.
  • Undertake any other duties which may, from time to time, be necessary to further the work of CCF

Person Specification

  1. Attitudes, values and personal qualities
  • Commitment to the mission and values of CCF and its role in promoting effective philanthropy, providing a service for major donors, and improving the lives of people and communities in Cambridgeshire - tackling inequality and overcoming disadvantage
  • Passion for community engagement and relationship building
  • Positive, resilient, and supportive of others
  • Commitment to the principles of equal opportunities and respecting diversity
  • Focussed, flexible and ambitious
  1. Essential experience
  • Proven experience of producing, analysing and proof-reading reports to a high standard of accuracy, excellent eye for detail
  • Experience of building relationships with key stakeholders
  • Experience of planning, organising and prioritising workloads effectively
  • Experience of using databases and handling data in line with Data Protection and GDPR laws
  • Experience of leading meetings, teams or groups
  1. Desirable experience
  • Knowledge of voluntary and community sector
  • Knowledge of grant-making or applying for funds
  1. Qualifications & skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and personal integrity
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, confident numeracy skills
    • Excellent IT skills, including office 365, CRMs
    • Experience of using social media in a professional/organisational environment.
    • Able to follow prescribed processes as well as take the initiative, see the bigger picture as well as the detail
    • Ability to develop effective working with the CEO, colleagues, and wider stakeholders
    • Ability to work as a member of a team, including a shared responsibility for motivating self and others
    • Some travel to meetings across the county (some rural locations) is required as are occasional evening meetings and events. Driving license and access to a vehicle is desirable.

CCF’s office is based in Cambridge but our approach is a blend of office and homeworking. In order to access the office, which is on Marshall’s airport site, all staff must complete DBS and security checks in order to obtain a security pass.

All staff receive 25 days holiday per annum and all staff are auto-enrolled in CCF’s pension scheme provided by NEST.


To apply send your CV and cover letter.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Due to the volume of responses we receive, unfortunately we are not able to give feedback to individuals. If you have not heard back within 7 days from the application deadline please assume that you have not been successful for the role you have applied for.

We treat everyone equally.