Grants Officer

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Grants Officers assess and generate applications for grants and funding from charitable trusts, government or public bodies. Grants Officers are responsible for checking the suitability of applications by set organisational guidelines, advising applicants on how to apply or improve their application for funds and keeping them abreast of their applications' process, identifying available relevant grants and projects for these grants, liaising with various councils for joint grants, organising information for assessment panels and administering grant payments.

Qualifications relevant for becoming a Grants Officer will vary depending on the organisation for which you apply for employment, as will the grant applicants. Usually tertiary qualifications are preferred, with some organisations that work with arts and heritage matters, requiring specialised knowledge which can only be obtained via post graduate studies. Skills needed by Grants Officers include good verbal and written communication, presentation, decision making, analytical, organisational, administrative, and data entry skills, be able to follow strict guidelines, and work as part of a team. Organisations which hire Grants Officers include local councils, grant-making trusts and charities, government departments, arts councils, and academic research foundations.