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Grants Officer Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Grants Officer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Grants Officer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Grants Officer Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Grants officers consider applications for grants and decide which are worth putting forward for further consideration. Final decisions on grants are usually made by senior staff or by a committee.

Grants officers first check that an application falls within the scope of their organisation and gather further information about the application, giving the applicant advice on improving the application where necessary. The grants officer then analyses the information in order to assess the application - for very complex applications, they may need to arrange for a consultant to analyse the application before any judgement can be made. They then make a recommendation about the application and submit it to a senior staff member, a committee or board of trustees to make the final decision

Once a decision has been reached, the grants officer informs the applicant of the result of their application and advises them on how best to proceed. They ensure that grant payments are made promptly and accurately, keep records of all applications and advise on the application status.

Other duties include dealing with general queries from applicants, colleagues and committee members, and possibly making presentations about the grants they offer and the procedures for applying.

Hours and Environment

There are no standard hours for this work; grants officers may work standard office hours or flexitime. Flexibility in working hours is needed when working to deadlines.

Grants officers are office-based, but also spend some time away from the office when meeting applicants and consultants, visiting projects and giving presentations. A driving licence is helpful for some jobs.

Skills and Interests

To be a grants officer you should:

  • be able to manage and organise your own work
  • be able to work to deadlines
  • be numerate
  • be capable of quickly assessing the suitability of applications for grants
  • be skilled in using computers to collect and analyse information
  • have good written and oral communication skills
  • be diplomatic
  • have the confidence and ability to give presentations
  • be a good team worker while also working well on your own
  • be decisive
  • have the ability to deal sympathetically, yet firmly, with members of the public
  • be able to deal with complex written and numerical information
  • for some jobs have specialist knowledge, such as in heritage or the arts.


Entry

There is no set minimum qualification for entry to this work. Most entrants, though, have a higher-level qualification, such as BTEC (Edexcel) or SQA higher national awards or a degree. You certainly need a good level of English and maths. It helps if you are skilled at using computers.

Grants officers normally have qualifications or experience in other areas of work, such as administration, management, marketing, finance, or in working for a voluntary organisation. To become a grants officer with the National Lottery Charities Board (NLCB) you must have had at least two years̢۪ previous experience in grant-making work.

A second language is desirable if your job involves working with people whose first language is not English.

Working for a Charity is an organisation that runs short courses. They include courses that help you to see how you can apply your skills to the voluntary sector. These are particularly suitable if you are considering a career change, returning to work after a break or are a recent graduate.

Training

Training will be supplied on-the-job. There are also a number of courses that you could consider. They include:

MSc Voluntary Sector Organisation, run by the London School of Economics. You need a degree or equivalent qualification and voluntary sector experience to get on to the course. The course lasts 21 months part-time. It is also available as a 9-month full-time course.
Diploma or MSc Voluntary Sector Management, run by City University. You need a degree or equivalent professional qualification to get on to the course. You normally need to have been in a management job for at least three years. The Diploma course lasts for 16 months part-time, whilst the MSc takes an additional 12 to 18 months.
The Open University runs a range of courses for management of public and non-profit organisations

Opportunities

Grants officers are employed by local authorities, Government departments, charities, health authorities, independent grant-making trusts, the National Lottery Charities Board, benevolent funds and large public companies.

This a small area of work but the number of grants officers is growing.

Vacancies for grants officers are advertised in The Guardian and sometimes in The Independent, The Times and The Sunday Times. They are also advertised in Third Sector and NGO Finance. There is a lot of competition for advertised vacancies.

Grants officers can progress to senior grants officer or grants manager and then to chief officer. Some experienced grants officers become freelance advisers.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Newly appointed grants officers earn between £17,000 and £23,000, reaching £28,000 with experience.
Senior grants officers earn between £30,000 and £45,000.

Salaries tend to be higher in London. Freelance grants officers tend to earn higher salaries.

Further information

Association of Charitable Foundations
2 Plough Yard
Shoreditch High Street
London
EC2A 3LP
www.acf.org.uk

Association of Charity Officers
Unicorn House
Station Close
Potters Bar
Hertfordshire
EN6 3JW
Tel: 01707 651777
www.aco.uk.net

Community Fund
St Vincent House
16 Suffolk Street
London
SW1Y 4NL
www.community-fund.org.uk

Working for a Charity
The Peel Centre
Percy Circus
London
WC1X 9EY
Tel: 020 7833 8220
www.wfac.org.uk

Other Useful Grants Officer Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Grants Officer job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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