Casanovas Recruitment Solutions

HR and Accountancy Specialists

Recruitment agency based in Essex and Suffolk, specialising in both Human Resource and Accountancy job roles.

Trust and Foundations Lead

Colchester, Hybird working/ Essex

Job DateJun 2023 - Jul 2023

Job Salary£28,000.00 and £31,500.00 Per Annum

Casanovas Recruitment Solutions is seeking an experienced Trust Fundraising Lead to join a highly reputable and successful organisation working from an Colchester based location.

The role:

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Trust fundraiser to play a pivotal role to help the organisation achieve their goal of supporting and empowering their client base.

In the role of a Trust Fundraising lead you will be helping to manage the teams/ pipeline of trusts and foundations, seeking new funding opportunities and produce research to facilitate new approaches. You will write compelling applications and update reports by gathering information form project teams across the organisation.

Fundraising duties will include:

  • Working closely with colleagues across the organisation to develop fundable and fully costed proposals.
  • Identifying appropriate funding and development opportunities through extensive desk research and networking with funders and other relevant organisations.
  • Researching and identifying appropriate funders whose criteria match organisational development goals
  • Develop and maintain relationships with existing and prospective funders, especially those with the potential to give significant multi-year grants.
  • Develop cases for support for existing and new services.
  • Planning ahead to ensure applications and bids are submitted in advance of any deadlines whilst maintaining some flexibility to respond to unexpected opportunities
  • Preparing cases for support and submitting compelling written bids and complex grant applications as appropriate
  • Maintaining accurate and accessible records and producing regular reports
  • Ensure that conditions and criteria of grants are tracked against outcomes, and that funders are provided with regular updates that meet or exceed their requirements maintaining oversight and delivery through an online database.
  • Work closely with colleagues in the fundraising team to complement and develop a team ethos, share in success together and drive forward individual and team success

Planning & Organising

  • Take responsibility for the delivery of the trusts and foundation income stream across assigned areas of focus.
  • Support the organisation with the delivery of fundraising objectives working closely in partnership.
  • Listen to the needs from across the organisation to fully understand what is being achieved and is to be developed so you can create a compelling narrative.
  • Identify and maintain a pipeline of prospective funders in a database
  • Develop the funding pipeline for a consistently strong income delivery.

Financial Responsibilities and Budget Management

  • Work with appropriate individuals to adjust financial plans when required to meet fundraising budgets or new funding requirements.
  • Work with the Finance team to ensure the operational functions that support fundraising activities are lean, efficient and robust.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required.


  • Experience within the requirement of trust funders, the principles of writing applications and project reporting
  • Experience of securing grants and account managing multi-year grants
  • Exceptional eye for detail and an open and persuasive communicator
  • Ability to build lasting relationships and provide excellent quality customer care
  • Strong research and analysis skills
  • Significant experience of cultivation and securing 5 and 6 figure grants from trusts and foundations
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain a robust pipeline of prospects.
  • Proven experience of writing compelling cases for support.
  • Experience of delivering annual budgets, achieving fundraising targets and KPIs within a trusts and foundations context.
  • Experience of using a CRM system (HubSpot & Salesforce preferred).
  • Experience of other fundraising activities (corporate fundraising, employee engagement, community fundraising, challenge events) is desirable.

Trust Fundraising Lead benefits will include:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 25 Days Holiday plus bank holidays
  • Free Parking
  • Flexibility hybrid working options

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