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CLOSED: Grants Officer, Bernard Sunley Foundation


Deadline EXTENDED to Monday 27 February @ 5pm

Salary: c.£32,000 plus a 10% pension contribution

Hours: Full time (35 hours per week: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

Location: HYBRID: three days in central London (Green Park) office, two days from home


About the Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Foundation is a family grant making foundation which supports charities in England and Wales working to raise the quality of life and provide greater opportunities for the young, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged.

The Foundation has awarded over £125 million in grants since it was established in 1960. Each year, the Foundation awards just over £4 million to capital projects that deliver a real community focus or provide facilities to support those in need. Grants are made across the Foundation’s four funding categories of community, education, health and social welfare. In the last financial year, the Foundation made 367 grants, totalling £4.282 million.

About the role

The Grants Officer will enable the funding of projects that help to foster a better sense of community; provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people and that help to support people with learning difficulties to live fuller lives in their community. These are just a few examples of the significance and impact that the Foundation’s capital grants can have across a wide range of charities.

The Grants Officer will join our small, hardworking, friendly team and will be responsible for overseeing the monthly grants programme and supporting the Director to assess larger grant applications. They will also contribute to the ongoing development of our work and will enjoy improving and refining systems and processes, as well as taking part in talking about how we deliver our vision.

About you

This role would suit a range of candidates and we are open to candidates without grant making experience but the successful candidate will need a demonstrable understanding and knowledge of the grants world. We are particularly keen to hear from people who have energy, enthusiasm and a passion for the work, good communication and relationship building skills and experience and confidence with numbers and databases. You will also have an aptitude for working both independently and as part of a collaborative team and managing a varied and busy workload.

To apply

First, download the Candidate Information Pack, which has more details. If you would like to apply for the role, please send your CV together with a completed Application Form and equal opportunities monitoring form by 5pm on FRIDAY 17 February to

We value and respect all the differences that make us who we are, including: age, cultural background, disability and mental health, ethnicity and race, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and social background. 

More Information

If you want to discuss anything in more detail, please email, or call 07968 556 164 to speak to Allyson Davies, our recruitment advisor.