Funding Bid Development Assistant

Citizens Advice in West Sussex (North, South, East)

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Can you write clearly, succinctly and persuasively? Are you well organised? Can you do research online? Would you like to help make a difference to people's lives in our local community?  Then this role may be for you. 

Role purpose

Support the senior management team to achieve Citizens' Advice in West Sussex's aims; research, identify and assist in application of successful funding bids.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

 Research, record funding opportunities from trusts, community foundations and other sources online, highlighting opportunities that match our charitable objectives and give us opportunities to extend our service to clients.

 Develop our knowledge of funding available in West Sussex.

 Assist with gathering evidence from our database to support bid applications and opportunities including completing content and coordinating funding bid application questions.

 Help produce digital/video bid applications - bringing your creative ideas to improve our presentations to funders in a competitive environment.

 Help maintain and build on our positive reputation , support profile raising at funding events. 

We are recruiting to this role despite the COVID-19 emergency because it's important to our future. We would really like to hear from you if you're interested, even if it may not be practical for us to meet in person for some time. We could talk by phone or video link initially so you can find out more about the role and if it might be right for you. 


Specific qualifications are not required to take on this role.  We are looking for people who have:

 Experience of writing for external audiences.

 Good IT skills and are comfortable with using Microsoft Office.

 High level of literacy and numeracy .

  The ability to research and the organisational skills to meet deadlines.

 Good communication skills to maintain liaison with Managers, other staff members and volunteers across the organisation on the phone, via e mail and digital meetings.

 An understanding of the Voluntary sector (this is desirable but not essential. You may have gained your experience in other sectors).

Previous experience of successful bid writing and fundraising is desirable but not essential. If you have the other skills and experience we are looking for, we are really keen to talk to you.


1. Fantastic experience to strengthen your CV if that interests you.

2. The chance to work with a friendly and enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers.

3. The opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people in your community - particularly those who are experiencing added worry and pressures due to COVID-19.

Practical Considerations

You will be working from home at this stage, supported by Managers and other staff members over digital channels. You will need your own IT equipment and access to Wi-Fi.

We will provide an induction to Citizens Advice, and other training, digitally.

When do I need to be available?

Details We ask you to volunteer for at least 6-8 hours a week - across one or two days. Don't worry if you don't know your availability in the long term. We are still interested to talk to you if you can volunteer now.
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  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
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  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
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