Volunteer Fundraising Manager – Trusts and Major Donors


Register your Interest

Are you interested in getting involved with a new social enterprise that supports regional tree planting and environmental projects for schools, colleges and the community in the Sussex region and potentially beyond?

Do you have either community, major donor, grant or trust fundraising experience?

Are you well organised, with good research skills, and willing to write applications for grant funding?

Are you able to commit 1-2 days a week?

If so, we'd like to hear from you!

Role purpose:

Supporting and developing the awareness of Tree Action in the Sussex region and achieving the aims of raising funds to support the development of tree planting and biodiversity projects for schools and colleges in the region.

We are seeking to grow within Sussex, increasing our involvement in schools and college projects, hiring more hands on directors and volunteer roles and accessing new funding to support our work.

We are looking to invite volunteers to join as Directors after an initial period.


  • To identify on an on-going basis suitable trusts/foundations that have the potential to make grants preferably on a multi-year funding basis.
  • To help manage and nurture the relationships with the trusts and foundations so that they endure in the long term.
  • To develop and implement a strategy that seeks to obtain donations through community fundraising and individual giving.


Preferable Skills:

  • Fundraising experience, ideally from Trusts, foundations or grant applications made on behalf of a not for profit organisation.
  • Experience of developing external relationships.
  • Used to working as part of a team and managing to deadlines.

You need to: 

  • Be a team player.
  • Have good communication skills.
  • Have good attention to detail.
  • Be able to write persuasive applications. 


  • Be part of an initiative to plant trees and develop environmental projects in schools and colleges in the region.
  • Develop your learning of environmental and sustainability issues.
  • The opportunity to ultimately make a difference to young peoples lives connecting them with environmental projects.

Practical Considerations

You can work from home or mix this with using a shared co-working space in Hove. You will need your own IT equipment and access to Wi-Fi.

When do I need to be available?

Details When do I need to be available? One to Two days per week which can be broken into half days. A regular schedule can be agreed to fit around your existing commitments.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
    Plenty of high quality resources on best practice in applying for grants and funds from trusts
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training
    Some training offered by external trust fundraiser