Grant funding bid writer

The Treasure Basket Association

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Could you use your persuasive writing skills to help win grant funding for a small local charity transforming the lives of disadvantaged children? Are you concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on children's emotional well being? Are you keen to do something practical to help? If so, then this role could be for you. 

The Treasure Basket Association is a small West Sussex charity providing play therapy and therapeutic resources to support the emotional well-being of disadvantaged children and families. It was founded by Felicia Lycett, an accredited play therapist. Felicia started this work in 2015 and registered The Treasure Basket Association as a charity in August 2019 to increase its reach and impact. 

The COVID-19 lockdown has had a massive impact on children's wellbeing - particularly those from the most disadvantaged households. The charity is keen to expand its services to help more local children get the support they need to recover from the impact of the lockdown and fulfil their potential. It has recently received funding from the Sussex Community Foundation and Worthing Community Chest, to help with this. But we need much more money if we are to meet the needs of all the children who need this support. 

We are therefore looking for a volunteer to help us develop and write funding bids to grant makers who want to fund charities like ours who are responding to the negative impact of COVID-19 on families e.g. Children in Need, Comic Relief, the Henry Smith Foundation. 

Your role would be to:

  • Help Felicia to develop proposal ideas.
  • Research which grant makers might be keen to support such proposals - this can be done online and with support from Community Works.  
  • Read the funder's requirements and explain them to Felicia and trustees.
  • Coordinate the pulling together of the content of the application - liaising with Felicia. the Treasurer, and sometimes third party partners.
  • Write the grant applications, ensuring the funder's requirements are met and that the proposal is presented in a compelling way.
  • Once funding has been won, support Felicia in reporting back to the funder about how the money was spent.

This is a flexible role which can be shaped around the interests and skills of the volunteer.  So if it sounds interesting but you're not sure if you would be able to do all the elements, please get in touch for a chat.  You might still be able to make a vital contribution. 


You don't need to have bid writing experience, although it would be wonderful if you did.  We're looking for people who are:

  • Well organised.
  • Confident and motivated.
  • Collaborative.
  • Enjoy working independently and as part of a team. 
  • Excited by the work we do to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

You must be able to:

  • Write clearly, succinctly and persuasively.
  • Do research via the internet into grant making organisations.
  • Work with the rest of the team on developing winning propositions.
  • Build positive relationships with other volunteers, staff and partners.

You might have a background in bid writing in the public, private or third sectors; or perhaps you've worked in marketing, sales or account management; or maybe you've got a copywriting background; or you may be looking to develop your career and want to gain more experience of this type of work.  However, you've gained your writing skills we'd love to hear from you.

There may be opportunities to do some external training with Community Works or similar organisations which help charities run better. 


  1. To gain valuable experience which can enhance your CV if that interests you.
  2. The chance to grow and develop with the charity as it grows. 
  3. The opportunity to contribute to improving the lives of local, disadvantaged children. 

Practical Considerations

You will do much of this role working from home - although sometimes you might need to attend a meeting in the local area.  If so, we will reimburse your travel expenses.

You will need access to a computer, phone and broadband connection. 

When do I need to be available?

Details This is a very flexible role which can fit around your other commitments - although at times there will be a deadline for an application to be submitted, so you should be well organised to ensure you can help us meet such a deadline. Ideally we would like someone who can commit for a minimum of six months but we are still interested to hear from you if you can only commit for a shorter term as there may be an opportunity for you to work on a specific grant application. Either way, you would be making a vital contribution.
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