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Grants officer

Grants officers look at applications for grants from charities, government or public bodies and decide whether to award funding.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but employers will usually expect you to have skills and experience in areas like:

  • basic accounting and budget management
  • database administration
  • project management
  • information gathering
Awarders of scientific research grants may ask for a science degree.

Paid or unpaid experience in conservation, the arts or community work may be useful. 

Do-it lists local opportunities to gain experience in the voluntary sector.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • the ability to analyse complex information and figures
  • fair and objective decision making ability
  • organisational and planning skills
  • IT and administrative skills
  • presentation skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • checking applications meet funding criteria
  • advising people on applications
  • assessing applications against a strict set of rules
  • giving information and recommendations to the decision-making panel
  • keeping people informed about the progress of their application
  • administering grant payments
  • supporting a caseload of grant holders and monitoring their progress
  • keeping accurate records of applications and payments
  • giving presentations to publicise grant schemes

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £35,000

Highly Experienced: up to £40,000 (senior officer)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. 

You’ll be office-based, but may also spend some of your time travelling to meet applicants and consultants. You might also visit projects and give presentations.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to senior grants officer, become a freelance grants consultant, or move into charity management.

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Last updated: 12 December 2016