Funding Officer at The National Lottery Community Fund

Location: Scotland
£21,688 per annum
Full-time, fixed term until 30 April 2020
Immediate Start
Closing date: 9 December 2019

• Are you a confident communicator who enjoys working with people?
• Do you see the potential in ideas as well as the challenges?
• Are you passionate about the power of communities to change things for the better?

About the Company

“On the 29 January 2019 the Big Lottery Fund became known as The National Lottery Community Fund. This new brand name clearly shows what we do and who we do it for, positioning us as part of The National Lottery family.

When people are in the lead, communities thrive.

People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone. We listen, collaborate and fund so that good things happen.

That’s why we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players across the UK.

We are looking for people who can help us ensure that our funding responds to what matters most to communities and helps them to thrive. You will build long-term relationships with people and organisations, talk about their ideas and ambitions and assess funding requests. You will provide useful feedback and support funded organisations to learn from and share best practice in their field.

We focus on supporting charities, community groups and people with great ideas, large or small, which will create opportunities for people and communities to thrive. We aim to work with people flexibly, improving the ways we engage with communities and building new partnerships with other funders, charities and individuals.”

Find out more at the website. 

The Role

You’ll be part of a team of Funding Officers, led by a Funding Manager, responsible for the National Lottery’s grant-making activity in a geographical area. This will include advice, assessment, grant management and learning. You will ensure that the National Lottery funding responds to the local context and challenge yourself and colleagues to continually improve the way the team works.

You will build long term relationships with people and organisations in the area you cover. This will include reaching out to new and different groups, supporting people who are applying and continuing to work with them after a grant has been awarded. You will be rewarded by seeing groups thrive with your support.

You will be responsible for understanding how an organisation’s ideas align with funding priorities, and making good judgements about when to take an application further or when to signpost to alternative opportunities. You will be able to communicate clearly and concisely your recommendations about who and what the National Lottery funds. Your natural curiosity combined with a genuine interest in people and projects in your area will enable you to try new approaches and develop your understanding of what works.

You will represent the Fund within your local area and create opportunities for people to come together. You will share learning with other colleagues within and outside the Fund so that the team can make the greatest difference.


The National Lottery Community Fund is looking for people who share their values, want to make a difference and have the potential to develop in this role. They are particularly interested in creating a more diverse workforce, who really understand the communities they work with.

You will have:
• Strong written and verbal communication skills that you can adapt for different audiences
• Understanding of great customer service
• Ability to plan and manage your own workload, supporting others when needed
• Ability to build and maintain excellent relationships
• Ability to analyse data, including financial information, to inform your judgement
• Knowledge of the community and voluntary sector and wider social policy context in Scotland
• Ability to drive would be beneficial in some settings

You will be willing to work flexibly in order to get the best outcomes for the Fund’s customers.


How to apply

There are three key questions that the Fund would like you to answer in your covering letter which will be used to short-list:

1. Outline how your experience is relevant to this role.
“We don’t expect you to necessarily have direct experience in every aspect of the role and remember you can include examples from volunteering, education and personal life, as well as employment.”

2. Tell us how your personal qualities and skills are relevant to this role.
“This question is about you as a person and how you work.”

3. How would you find out about a defined geographic area which may not be local to you?
“We want to know how you would approach this.”

The Fund is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

They are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability. The Fund welcomes applicants who can speak a second language.

If you’d like an informal chat about the role please contact Morag Donaldson.


Closing date for applications is 9 December 2019.
Interviews will take place in Glasgow.

Do not delay in applying as the employer will assess applications as they come in.

Please submit a CV and tailored Cover Letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form on our website. Examples of what we expect in an application can be found HERE. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date.

State A) your availability and B) relevant experience and demonstrate how your skills match the specific requirements of the job description.

We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.