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Funding & Grants Officer

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Job Type

Voluntary - Becoming paid

About the Role

As Dudes & Dogs C.I.C. grants and funding officer you will be starting out in a voluntary role, 2 days a week. Although one of your first targets will be to secure a salary against the role and create a paid full time position for yourself.
Day to day, you will be responsible for securing grant income by translating the C.I.C’s work into compelling, high-quality applications for a range of audiences. Working collaboratively with the CEO and our Clinical Director, you will have a hands-on role in understanding our community, the work we do, and ongoing projects to ensure you can authentically convey our mission and our impact to funders.
You will build strong relationships with grant funders, effectively communicating with existing and new supporters to ensure reporting requirements are met and that funders are kept informed of how their support has enabled the C.I.C. to continue its work.You will champion the Fundraising Regulator Code of Fundraising Practice, upholding a high standard of fundraising that is legal, open, honest, and respectful.
A key responsibility will be to assist in the development and implementation of the C.I.C’s fundraising strategy. You will work to identify, secure and develop a robust pipeline of grant funders to maximise income and enable continued growth and sustainability for Dudes & Dogs C.I.C. over the coming years. You will measure the success rate of applications and provide reports for the Board of Trustees, Finance Officer and Chief Executive as required. You will also play a part in the effective planning and delivery of fundraising activities, events, and appeals, which may take place during evenings and weekends.



  • Excellent written and verbal skills. A proven experience of writing and developing funding applications, proposals, and budgets is ideal but not essential.

  • Experience of delivering presentations to different audiences in a variety of settings 

  • Good knowledge of, and ability to operate within, professional and ethical guidelines. Including equality, diversity, confidentiality, and safeguarding

  • Experience in data analysis and reporting

  • Success in securing high-value partnerships or donations would be ideal but not essential

Skills, knowledge, and abilities

Excellent interpersonal skills, capable of communicating with a diverse range of people with sensitivity, confidentiality, and respect 

  • A team player with the ability to work collaboratively, as well as proactively and autonomously, using your own initiative to overcome challenges and problem-solve 

  • Excellent attention to detail, ability to keep clear and accurate records, and a desire to offer a high standard of service to our supporters 

  • Experienced in using Google Docs or similar and keeping records through a database 

  • Excellent organisation and time management skills, with an ability to work effectively under pressure and prioritise overlapping deadlines 

  • Excellent numeracy skills including the ability to create budgets, track income, interpret accounts and present detailed financial information to grant funders and the Board of Trustees 

  • Ability to create persuasive grant applications tailored to individual funders’ priorities and requirements 

  • Knowledge of charitable grant giving organisations, funding policies, data protection and fundraising best practice

  • Excellent understanding of all aspects of fundraising and a commercial awareness of fundraising trends in the UK (Desired)

  • A good working knowledge of fundraising regulations and best practice (Desired)

  • Some evening and weekend event work may be required (Time in Lieu can be taken)

About the Company

Dudes & Dogs a men’s mental health organisation and community interest company started in Bristol in 2019. Since then we have opened walks around the UK and Ireland with a clear vision; to show men, from every culture and every community, in every corner of the world, that it’s not just okay to talk, it’s vitally important. And we do that by getting guys into the fresh air for a walk and talk with dogs for company. Since 2019 we have supported hundreds of men with their mental wellbeing, and successfully launched the life saving military app, Mandown UK. Head to our website to find out more.
We are in a new phase of our journey, changing our referral pathway to allow healthcare professionals to refer their patients for walks through social prescribing channels. We see our service as a support and adjunct to the larger mental health services. To achieve this we are changing the entire makeup of our organisation and now have a board of Directors and Trustees in place including a clinical director, who will help us in publishing clear clinical data to provide evidence and support for the work we do. 2023 will see a revolution in the way Dudes & Dogs works, including paid positions for the first time, new collaborations and a brand new direction. We’d love to have you along for the ride.

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