This vacancy has now closed

Funding Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,282
  • Scotland
  • Closing 9th May 2021

  • Advertised from 22nd April 2021
  • £25,282 per annum + generous benefits


About Us

The National Lottery Community 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.

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, our commitment to equity and inclusion 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.

Contract Type: Permanent and FTC opportunities

Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered

Interview Date: w/c 17 May 2021

About You

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.

Essential Criteria

  • Communication skills: Strong listening, written and verbal communication with an emphasis on written communication for assessment purposes.
  • Relational skills: Ability to nurture, develop and promote effective relationships and communication with colleagues, community organisations and other external agencies with a strong commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Analytical skills: Ability to assess a high volume of applications, make good judgements, challenge when appropriate and manage risk.
  • Organisational Skills: Ability to manage your varied workload and manage competing priorities

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of the third sector here in Scotland and experience of working with underrepresented communities in the region.
  • Understanding of financial planning and business plans, ability to analyse accounts and numerical data.
  • Demonstrate sound IT skills and the ability to learn detailed processes

We welcome applications from people living in Dumfries and Galloway or the Borders as we’re keen to have people on the ground in those areas as we reach out further to communities.

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

If you would like to find out more about this role please email

For You

We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.

We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
  • Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
  • Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Season ticket and cycle to work loans
  • Paid volunteering leave

Application notes

Visit our website on for further details about the vacancy and our application process.

Equal Opportunities

We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. As such we particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

Equality, diversity and inclusion in our grant-making, and amongst our people, are all vital to our success in supporting people and communities to thrive. We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. We are a Disability Confident employer and positively welcome applications from disabled people.