Grant Funding Support Officer

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Church House, Westminster, London
£30,159p.a.-£32,700p.a. after probation

The Strategy and Development Unit has a unique role in providing consultancy support to diocesan senior leadership teams on their strategies to grow the mission and ministry of the Church of England, and in advising the Archbishops’ Council on the distribution of around £50 million per annum of funding generated by the Church Commissioners.

This includes a major grant-making programme of £24m per annum of Strategic Development Funding to support diocesan growth projects, and £24m per annum of Lower Income Communities Funding, provided via a formula to support mission and church growth in 25 dioceses.

As well as our involvement in the distribution of funding, our Unit plays a key role in evaluating the delivery of the grant programmes. We seek to share learning between senior diocesan teams, in part through managing a peer review programme through which reviewers visit diocesan leadership teams to discuss their plans, processes, governance and finances. We also organise Strategic Learning Communities and other events to facilitate learning between dioceses.

Post Introduction:

As Grant Funding Support Officer, you will work closely with colleagues in the Unit, ensuring the smooth running of the process of distributing national funding, with a focus on the strategic development funding grants.

This will include managing and monitoring the grants awarded, through the awards process to the payment, monitoring and evaluation stages.

The opportunity for professional development will be provided particularly in the areas of evaluation, consultancy work, strategy development, change management and programme management.

First stage Interviews will be held on the 7th November 2018

Second stage interviews will be held on the 15th November 2018

The Role :

Much of our Unit’s work is project-based. Your duties and responsibilities will vary over time in line with our evolving objectives, but they will fall within the following broad headings:

Support the successful delivery of the Strategic Development Funding projects.

  • Managing and improving the process for monitoring and evaluating projects
  • Participating in monitoring and evaluation meetings and visits to dioceses; identifying learning points which can be shared within the Unit and more widely across the Church.
  • Help deliver excellent governance support including, with colleagues, drafting papers to report on the use of the funding to the various Trustee bodies.

Support the management of the Strategic Development Funding grant process

  • Responsibility for the on-going development of application guidance, improving the process and answering queries on the application process.
  • Working closely with finance colleagues, tracking the grant applications through the process, monitoring budgets and cash flow, including analysing how the funds are spent.
  • Working closely with the Head of Funding and management accounting colleagues, checking grant claims and ensuring the payments process works smoothly.

Support for monitoring and reporting of other funding streams

  • Monitoring and reporting on the plans for using Restructuring Funding (one-off grants to dioceses facing reduced formula funding).
  • Support and report on the distribution of the City Church Fund (an independent trust which distributes funds to churches in the dioceses covering the London area).

Willingness to carry out other duties as appropriate to the role.

Tell us how you meet the requirements for the role :



  • Hands-on experience within a high-profile grant or funding process, including building and maintaining excellent relations with key stakeholders.
  • Monitoring and tracking substantial budgets, including the use of spreadsheets.
  • Experience of building excellent relationships and communicating effectively with staff at all levels (including senior staff), demonstrating emotional intelligence, tact and persuasive ability.
  • Experience of reporting within a governance process to trustees and senior stakeholders, including drafting and presenting reports.


  • The ability to present work attractively, persuasively and accurately, both spoken and in writing.
  • Excellent planning and organising skills with proven ability to prioritise, manage time effectively (including meeting tight deadlines when required) and use initiative as appropriate.

Personal Attributes:

  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Highly pro-active, demonstrating resourcefulness and energy.
  • Commitment to excellent customer service.
  • Friendly, co-operative and diplomatic manner, with the ability to work well both on your own initiative and as part of a team.
  • An understanding of the Christian faith and supportive of the Church of England’s focus on growth.
  • Desire and commitment to learn and develop in the role.


  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) or relevant experience.
  • Strong numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Very good ICT skills (including Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of best practice in grants management processes and techniques.


  • There is a requirement to undertake visits to other sites across England and a need for flexibility to work outside office hours as required.


  • Knowledge, understanding and strong interest in resourcing mission and growth across the Church of England.
  • Understanding of techniques for the evaluation of the impact of funding.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.