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Development Manager – Trusts and Foundations

We are looking for an excellent and motivated bid writer to join the small, dynamic fundraising team at the Museum of the Home.


£26,373 per year for 4 days per week. With generous pension and holiday



Closing date

5 pm on Monday 19 July 2021


Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday, 26 July 2021 and conducted in line with government safety guidelines.

Working hours

28 hours per week over 4 days (or flexible over 5), Monday to Friday.

About the role

You will take ownership of the trusts and foundations programme and manage applications and grants of small, medium and large sizes from funders, particularly Arts Council England, as part of an agile, dynamic and creative fundraising team.

The main tasks will be to:

  • Research, prioritise and manage an active pipeline of Trust and Foundations including corporate Trusts across the portfolio
  • Apply for relevant five and six figure grants
  • Liaise closely with other departments to ensure a good working knowledge of the project opportunities
  • Write compelling cases for support and update project bibles.
  • Report to all the grant donors in an appropriate timely way
  • Lead the management of the larger grant donors such as Arts Council England, ensuring senior managers are involved and up to date and report on progress. Will need to reapply for next 4 year NPO funding.

About you

You will have a track record of writing engaging and successful bids within an arts or heritage setting. You will be able to work closely with creative and education colleagues to prioritise your own work, be a great team player and input creatively to the wider team.

You will be able to show you can:

  • Write and communicate brilliantly
  • Achieve your fundraising targets
  • Meet deadlines
  • Provide timely and accurate information
  • Manage time and projects well
  • Be a motivated self-starter
  • Lead highly effective internal relationships
  • Be accurate, relevant and timely with your reporting

As part of our commitment to safe recruitment job offers are conditional upon DBS clearance if appropriate for the role.

Please download and read the full job description (pdf)

The Museum of the Home is an equal opportunity organisation and we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

If you have what it takes to succeed in this role and are excited by the prospect of helping us achieve our ambitions, please apply.

How to apply

Please do not send a CV or cover letter, we will only consider applications with a completed application form.

  1. Complete the application form – download the application form (Word)
  2. Save your application form as a Word document or pdf
  3. Upload your completed application form to the online application portal and enter your personal details

You need to upload your completed application form and enter your personal details in one sitting. It is not possible to save your application and return to it later. The portal doesn't work in Internet Explorer.

It is really important that you upload your form to the portal – we will only consider your application if it includes a completed application form.

Online application portal

After applying

We will only contact you if we want to invite you to an interview. If you do not hear from us by the interview date you have been unsuccessful.

Inclusive and accessible recruitment

As a Disability Confident Committed employer, our recruitment is inclusive and accessible. If you would like to request an alternative application format on disability grounds please contact us on

You may wish to discuss reasonable adjustments for a role that interests you. If so please state this on your application and we will be in touch with you.