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Funding Officers

  • Full time
  • £21,688 – £24,786
  • Scotland wide
  • Closing 18th September 2020

  • Advertised from 4th September 2020
  • Fixed Term for 6 – 12 months


• Are you a confident communicator who enjoys working with people?

• Do you see the potential in ideas as well as the challenges?

• Are you passionate about the power of communities to change things for the better?

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people living in the North East or South of Scotland or Highlands and Islands areas.

About Us:

The National Lottery Community Fund (previously The Big Lottery Fund) is the largest community funder in the UK-we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery Players to communities across the UK. Last year we gave out £50 million to over 1100 projects across Scotland.

At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. We focus on supporting charities, community groups and people with great ideas, large or small. We aim to work with people flexibly, improving the ways we engage with communities and building new partnerships with other funders, charities and individuals.

We are looking for diverse and talented people who share our values and are passionate about making a difference to people and communities.

About the Role:

You’ll be part of a team of Funding Officers, led by a Funding Manager, responsible for our grant-making activity in a geographical area. This will include advice, assessment, grant management and learning. You will ensure that our funding responds to the local context, and challenge yourself and colleagues to continually improve the way we work.

You will build good working relationships with people and organisations in the area you cover. This will include reaching out to new and different groups, supporting people who are applying and continuing to work with them after a grant has been awarded. You will be rewarded by seeing groups thrive with your support.

You will be responsible for understanding how an organisation’s ideas align with our funding priorities, and making good judgements about when to take an application further or when to signpost to alternative opportunities. You will be able to communicate clearly and concisely your recommendations about who and what we fund. Your natural curiosity combined with a genuine interest in people and projects in your area will enable you to try new approaches and develop your understanding of what works.

You will represent the Fund within your local area and create opportunities for people to come together. You will share learning with other colleagues within and outside the Fund so that we can make the greatest difference.

About You:

We are looking for people who share our values, want to make a difference and have the potential to develop in this role. We are particularly interested in creating a more diverse workforce, who really understand the communities we work with.

You’ll be passionate, committed and resilient in your approach but friendly, inquisitive and transparent with people. You’ll be able to negotiate and compromise where appropriate.

You’ll know something about the third sector in Scotland and what makes great customer service for people.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people living in the North East or South of Scotland or Highlands and Islands.

It can be advantageous to be able to drive especially in more rural teams.

Essential Criteria:

We are looking for 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.

• Analytical and able to make Good Judgements

• Supportive problem solver and team player

• Excellent Communications Skills – Verbal and Written


• Experience of working in or with community organisations

• Ability to work flexibly to suit community organisations timings and needs

• Commitment to Equity in work practice and ethos

You will be willing to work flexibly in order to get the best outcomes for our customers.

The Fund is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability. We welcome applicants who can speak a second language.

If you’d like an informal chat about the role, please contact Morag Donaldson -

Application notes

To apply go to:

Closing date: Thursday 17th September

Interviews will take place remotely via Microsoft Teams on 29 September and 1 October