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Community Grants Officer

The Role

To manage and distribute the Council’s Voluntary Sector Grant Programmes.  This role will assist the Senior Project Officer (Voluntary Sector) by setting up systems that enable efficient management and oversight of the Councils support to the local community, primarily through the three grant programmes: Local Area Fund, Active Richmond Fund and Civic Pride Fund.  To help build the capacity and advise local organisations and residents so that that they are able to successfully apply for funding to achieve positive outcomes for local people.

You will work closely with Councillors, Council team members and Richmond CVS on engaging and listening to residents, advising on submitting applications and facilitating the grant process from assessing applications to making final recommendations.

You will have previous experience or knowledge of the voluntary sector and how it is structured (for example in a fundraising or grant-making role) with excellent attention to detail. You will be customer-focussed and professional in your outlook with a proven track record of working with a range of different stakeholders.

Efficient at time management and an effective communicator you will be at the forefront of some of our key areas of work. You will engage with different departments of the Council as well as external stakeholders such as our partners in the voluntary and public sector.

You will have excellent report writing skills and enjoy communicating with a range of different people and organisations.  You will bring with you strong experience of working with MS packages such as Excel, MS Word, Outlook and PowerPoint as well as efficient management of key tasks and working to deadlines. 

You will also bring experience of maintaining databases and an understanding of financial information such as organisational budgets. 

For an informal discussion please contact Harriet Steele Senior Project Officer (Voluntary Sector) on 020 8487 5259.

About us

The Safer and Stronger Communities Team provides support to the wider Council to enable it to put our communities first. Creating, building and sustaining good working relationships with residents and a range of local stakeholders including the voluntary sector is one of the ways in which the Team helps the Council achieve its aims. The Team is responsible for community engagement and helping the Council to listen effectively to residents, supporting ward Councillors to engage local people, consultation with residents and customers as well as supporting our colleagues and partners with embedding best practice.  Our Team’s role is to help bring our stakeholders closer to the services and responsibilities of the Council and facilitate worthwhile engagement opportunities that are fair, accessible and transparent.


In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance.  These include compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need), annualised hours, and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  6 February 2023

Shortlisting Date: w/c 6 February 2023

Interview Date: w/c 13 February 2023

Useful Information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. This is an anonymised campaign.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


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