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Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser

Time and Talents

£21,000 - 22,000 (pro rata from £35,000-37,000 FTE)


About this role

Do you have a strong track record of writing compelling ‘stand out’ funding bids for small charities?

Do you want to help build a world where everyone feels part of a community?

Time & Talents, an award-winning community hub in South East London, is seeking a Trusts & Foundations Fundraiser with a proven track record of writing successful funding applications, and crafting persuasive cases for support. A part-time post, with remote working, the Fundraiser will work closely with the Director and Management Team to meet challenging income targets.

This post will play a vital role in strengthening our capacity as a community hub to continue to deliver high impact high quality programmes.

What we do

Time & Talents is a lively, busy community hub in the heart of Rotherhithe, London. Set in a leafy heritage building, and ‘T&T2’, our second venue in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, we offer something for everyone. With a history of 134 years of supporting people of all ages in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, we bring people together for mutual support, fun and friendship, with a wide range of services and activities for older people and other adults, along with children and families’ programmes and a range of volunteering projects. We are at an exciting stage of development. Our income has grown substantially in recent years and this growth has enabled us to develop our programmes and activities to reduce loneliness and social isolation in the local community by supporting more older adults, children and families.

The role

In this role, you will:

Write well-crafted, exceptional quality funding applications to trusts and foundations

Develop ongoing cases for support for the organisation and in specific programme areas

Research funders and develop a strong pipeline of opportunities

Project manage bid writing including the contributions of others

Report to donors on outcomes

Contribute to the development of a fundraising strategy to meet income targets

About you

Most importantly, you must be a superb writer, highly skilled in crafting compelling cases for support. You must be able to demonstrate experience of writing successful bids for substantial amounts alone (as the sole writer), and with others contributing. You must have strong empathy with our cause and the mission of our organisation, and an understanding of the life of a small charity. We need somebody who is friendly and positive, who takes responsibility, and who is highly organised and skilled in multitasking and balancing priorities.

About us

We are an energetic, experienced, and passionate team of 18, with a strong sense of shared purpose, an informal culture and lively sense of humour. We also insist on a very high level of diligence and professionalism in our work. You’ll have the chance to make a big contribution to a growing, ambitious and innovative organisation which has doubled its reach and impact in recent years.

This role is part-time and based remotely, although you will need to be able to travel to our office in Rotherhithe regularly for face-to-face meetings.

Time & Talents is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity, and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person that they are. We actively encourage applications from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

The closing date is 18:00 on 15th January; interviews the weeks commencing 24th and 31st January.

TO APPLY: All applications to be submitted online via CharityJob ( Send a CV and a cover letter of no more than two sides of A4, explaining why you want the job and addressing how your experience and skills meet the person specification.

IMPORTANT: We’ll use cover letters to assess applications alongside CVs. Please ensure you take the time to include a well-written cover letter as detailed above. We won’t assess applications without one. First stage interviews will include a short test (30 minutes) asking you to write a funder pitch for a project to demonstrate your writing skills.

Person description


Experience (work and tasks):
-Minimum of four years’ experience in charitable fundraising
-Track record of writing successful applications for grants from charitable trusts and foundations, both as sole writer, and in a team
-Experience of actively managing relationships with existing funders
-Knowledge of the charity sector and understanding of our cause
-Experience of reporting and presenting information for a variety of stakeholders
-Experience of developing and managing a pipeline of potential funders, and managing the bid-writing and submission process

Skills (e.g. PC, driving):
-Understanding of work in a small charity with limited resources
-Excellent relationship building skills, both inside and outside an organisation
-Strong multitasking abilities and ability to work to meet objectives and to meet deadlines
-Ability to work collaboratively in a team
-Highly organised with excellent attention to detail
- Ability to undertake high quality funder research
-Good presentation skills
-Basic design and graphics skills
-Excellent standard of written English and numeracy skills
-Excellent digital literacy and IT skills including MS Office, Office 365 and experience of database use, with proven ability to learn new systems
-A high level of problem-solving skills

-Friendly, positive and personable manner with a high level of energy and enthusiasm - Ability to work on own initiative, and learn independently
- Emotionally resilient, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal with wide range of people
-Ability to work independently without close supervision
-Strong affinity with the mission and values of Time & Talents and the voluntary and charity sector
-Willing and able to undertake occasional out of hours working when required


Qualifications (Academic, technical and professional):
-Institute of Fundraising qualification or similar
- Employment-related certificate or diploma

Experience (Work and tasks):
-Experience of working or volunteering in the voluntary and community sector
-Experience of managing a budget

Skills (e.g. PC, driving):
-Basic design and graphics skills

About Time and Talents

Time & Talents is a lively, busy community organisation based Rotherhithe, Canada Water and Bermondsey. Set in a leafy heritage venue in an old mortuary (which is much nicer than it sounds!), as well as in T&T2, our second venue in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Time & Talents has something for everyone.

We have a history stretching back more than 134 years, supporting people of all ages in our area, and bringing people together for mutual support, fun and friendship. With a wide range of activities at our centres, along with volunteering and schools’ outreach projects across local neighbourhoods, we work to help everyone feel part of a community.

We see a core part of our work as providing ways for people to connect and share their time and talents, including a wide range of volunteering opportunities, skills-sharing, and opportunities to socialise. We want to connect neighbours close and far, to reduce isolation and build a supportive, resilient community.

How to apply

TO APPLY: All applications to be submitted online via CharityJob (

Send a CV and a cover letter of no more than two sides of A4, explaining why you want the job and addressing how your experience and skills meet the person specification.

The closing date is 18:00 on 15th January; interviews the weeks commencing 24th and 31st January.

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This notice was posted on Friday 17 December 2021
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