Grants Support Volunteer

  • Reference:Grants Support Volunteer
  • Location:
  • Department:Operations
  • Posts available:1
  • Salary:£0
  • Full/Part time:Volunteer
  • Contract type:
  • Closing date:Sunday, June 23, 2019


Why do Battersea need a volunteer?

As Battersea launches our 5-year strategy, we are looking at ways we can help dogs & cats beyond our gates. By sharing knowledge and expertise, and learning from others in the sector, we can help even more dogs and cats. Battersea have recently launched their brand new Grant Giving Programme, open to rescues both in the UK and overseas, to achieve this mission. You can find out more information about the project here.

The programme now needs support during the emerging process, from initial grant advert to final evaluation of the grant and celebration event. It particularly needs help in ensuring it is managed to a very high standard, as the number of potential applicants and recipients grow. This is a great opportunity to gain grant/funding management experience, experience working in a new team to develop database experience (GIFTS grant management data solution) and experience of creating and delivering a wide range of communications on different formats. 

The team are looking for 1 person to volunteer for two days a week between 9am-5pm on weekdays decided between the team and the successful applicant. In addition, the person must be able to make a commitment of at least 6 months to the role. Please ensure you can meet these criteria before applying.

What would I be doing as a Grants Programme Volunteer?

Working closely with the Grants Manager, you will be involved with:

  • Maintaining, developing and running reports from our grants management (GIFTS) system
  • Design, format and proof-read copy for several communication channels including web, newsletter and recipient letters
  • Visiting rescues on ad hoc basis to assist the Grants Manager on monitoring grant spend - at the discretion of the successful candidate
  • Other general administrative tasks i.e. managing general inboxes & printing

What skills would be useful?

  • Excellent writing and Microsoft Office skills
  • Experience of working with a database and/or Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work on your own and use your own initiative to solve problems
  • Able to work to a high degree of accuracy
  • Team player
  • Knowledge of grant management systems (GIFTS – desirable, not essential)
  • Knowledge of international grant funding (desirable, not essential)

What skills will I gain?

  • Knowledge of the animal sector and grant management
  • Development of administrative skills
  • Understanding and experience of GIFTS Management System/Database
  • Experience working in an animal welfare organisation/large charity
  • Training on Battersea’s policies and procedures as appropriate
  • Ongoing support available from the Grants Manager and the Volunteer Coordinator

What else do I need to know?

  • The role will be based at our London site – 4 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4AA
  • The role will not involve direct volunteering with the dogs and cats, so please bear this in mind when applying
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from outside the London and South East region
  • If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to an informal interview with the Grants Manager and the Volunteer Coordinator
  • If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact a Battersea Volunteer Coordinator on
  • If you would like to apply for this role, please fill out our online application form by midnight on Sunday 23rd June.
  • Please note, we do not accept CVs or cover letters for this role
  • We reserve the right to close the role early if we receive a high amount of applications