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Job Opportunities: Funding Officers

Apr 14, 2023 | Uncategorized

The National Lottery Community Fund is are looking to recruit two Funding Officers, one covering North West London and the other South London. You’ll be part of a team, led by a Funding Manager, and comprised of several other Funding Officers, within a larger London, South East and East team.

You will assess applications for funding and manage grants using local knowledge, best practice, thematic expertise and the experience of customers and stakeholders to improve our grant making and inform our decision making. By working closely with people and communities from a defined geographical area, you will understand what matters to them and where our funding can make the biggest difference.

Being responsible for supporting local people and communities, you will have a strong understanding of our vision, our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and our funding products. You will also need to support our stakeholders, helping them to make connections that will help them achieve their goals.

Being responsible for a pipeline of projects you will need to understand and respond to the different needs of our customers by providing advice and considered feedback and be willing to have challenging but constructive conversations.

You will also ensure that both grant management and assessment play an effective part in contributing to the Fund’s knowledge and learning as a grant maker. You will manage your own caseload, liaise with grant recipients, undertake project visits, identify and manage risk, support organisations to deliver their projects and measure their impact.

You will also need to work within the Fund’s policies and procedures and the necessary legislation, in a way that is in line with our vision and principles.

You will represent the Fund within your local area, including at funding fairs and external meetings, creating opportunities for people to come together. You will share learning from your role with other colleagues so that we can maximise our impact.

Location: Ideally you will live within the geographical area you are covering and have excellent knowledge of that area. You will work from several locations across the area, including your home and our offices with the expectation that you will be flexible in order to get the best outcomes for our customers.

Interview Date: 10th or 12th May 2023

If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please contact: Ella Mizon at

Essential criteria

We are looking for local talented people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences who share our values and are passionate about making a difference through our funding. Whether through lived or gained experience you will really understand the communities we work with.  You could come to grant-making from a variety of backgrounds. Whatever your background, we will expect you to have some skills and experience in areas such as: project management; research/data gathering; budgeting; or database administration.

You will need to show an understanding of the voluntary and community sector, so you will find it helpful to have paid or unpaid work experience in these areas. You might have experience in the type of projects that we fund, for example, community work, the arts, sports or conservation.

In return we can offer the opportunity to develop relevant skills and gain experience working with one of the largest funders in the UK. You can progress to becoming a trained and skilled Funding Officer with good progression routes in the sector.

You will have:

  • Relational skills: Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, community organisations and other stakeholders at various levels, with a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Analytical skills: Ability to absorb a wide range of information including financial health, and to make judgement-based decisions with confidence, to challenge when appropriate and manage risk.
  • Organisational skills: Ability to use your initiative and manage a large workload with minimal supervision, dealing with competing priorities and deadlines and demonstrating strong self-organisation and prioritisation skills.
  • Communication skills: Strong listening, written and verbal communication with an emphasis on report writing for assessment purposes.


Desirable criteria

  • Previous experience of grant making.
  • Lived experience or working knowledge of the needs and priorities of communities across North West or South London and the local third sector.
  • Sound IT skills and the ability to learn detailed processes.
  • Understanding of financial planning, ability to analyse accounts and numerical data and to identify and manage risk.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

Communities in the UK come in all shapes and sizes. National Lottery funding is for everyone – therefore, we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and we work hard to ensure our funding reaches where it is needed.

We also believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. That’s why the National Lottery Community Fund is committed to being an inclusive employer and a great place to work. We recognise and celebrate the fact that our people come from diverse backgrounds. We positively welcome applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities or longstanding health conditions, people who are LGBTQ+, and people from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as well as people of all ages.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we take a proactive approach in making reasonable adjustments, if needed, throughout the recruitment process and during employment. (This can be related to a physical and mental health condition.)

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