Fundraising Manager Role Description

Basis: Freelance
Start Date: January 2023
Duration: Initial 3 months. Aim to extend to a year round role.
Time Commitment: 14hrs / week
Location: Flexible working from home

WeSwim are looking for an experienced bid writer with a proven track record of securing grants in the range of £10k to £100k and developing successful projects. The successful applicant will generate income from Trusts, Grants and Government Funds. They will be responsible for developing and writing submissions, using compelling language to persuasively communicate WeSwim’s mission and programmes to potential funders. They will manage the grant pipeline and build relations with foundations, to set weSwim up in strong position going forwards. 

You will work closely with the directors, at the start of the young organisation’s journey. If sufficient income is generated, we will look to continue the role after the initial 3 months.

Key Responsibilities

  • Proactively identify prospects that have a strong fit with our cause and strategy
  • Achieve an agreed annual trusts and statutory grant income target to support the organisation’s strategy and business plan.
  • Research, write and co-ordinate high-quality grant applications ensuring deadlines are met and all internal contributors are clear as to their role in delivery and reporting.
  • Drive and co-ordinate cross organisational bid and project development, working with colleagues and partners to develop new project concepts and support their writing of applications and reports.

What’s in it for you? 

  • This role is perfect for an independent worker, looking for freedom to use their initiative.
  • You will be part of a small, friendly and supportive team.  
  • Supporting disabled people to enjoy the freedom of movement of water.
  • It is an exciting time to join the organisation as you will be part of its initial growth and impact.  You will be making a real difference to the world through inspiring change within individuals and the community.

The successful candidate will have…

  • A proven track record of securing mid-tier funding, including multi-year grants
  • Significant experience of creating tailored funding applications and reports 
  • Demonstrable experience of working collaboratively within small, nascent organisations to develop funding bids 
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills 
  • Self-motivated, be detail-oriented, and highly-organised.

We proactively support diversity, in all its forms, and welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and with disabilities. 

Application Process

Please send expressions of interest to including your:

  • CV
  • An overview of why you believe your experience is relevant to this role
  • Previous grant applications (if available / relevant)
  • Your wage expectations.

Successful applicants will be contacted on an on-going basis and will be asked to:

  • Speak with the WeSwim directors
  • Work through an example grant application

About WeSwim

At WeSwim, we aim to help people with disabilities to swim. 

Our primary focus is on the mental, physical and social benefits of community led clubs where everyone is welcome. With dedicated pool space and the support of our fantastic volunteers WeSwim provides welcoming and safe swimming sessions for swimmers with disabilities. Whether people are new to swimming, need to build their confidence or would like to work on particular exercises in the water we are here to support them.