Grants Manager

We're looking for an excellent relationship builder to join our grants team. You will be responsible for grant applications and grants management for the work of the Foundation in England and Wales.

You’ll strengthen our team, drafting and submitting funding applications, securing new grants and managing existing ones. This will include major applications to the Big Lottery Fund for multi-year grants. You’ll be a clear communicator who understands what makes a good application and ensures that our funders are informed on progress of work they have funded.

With demonstrable experience of grants fundraising, ideally you’ll have secured and managed six-figure grants including the Big Lottery Fund, developed funder relationships and researched potential funders. You'll have an understanding of charitable trusts and fundraising databases, preferably Raiser's Edge. On a personal level, you'll be a target-driven, self-motivated and outgoing individual who can work well in a team.

About the Mental Health Foundation

Our vision is for a world with good mental health for all. Our mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.

Prevention is at the heart of what we do, because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place. We inform and influence the development of evidence-based mental health policy at national and local government level. In tandem, we help people to access information about the steps they can take to reduce their mental health risks and increase their resilience.

Find out more about us and our work

How to apply

To apply please complete an application form and an equal opportunities form and email them to: by 10am on Wednesday 20 June 2018. Interviews will be held on Thursday 28 June 2018.

Job description

Main purpose of the job

Grants are an important source of income for the Foundation, funding our major projects and totalling over £1.6 million in 2015-16. The Head of Partnerships and an existing Grants Manager currently run the Foundation’s grant fundraising programme in England and Wales, and we have a specific Grants Manager for Scotland. This new post will strengthen our capabilities for England and Wales, to help us achieve grants income of over £2m annually from new and existing trust, Lottery and statutory sources, and manage the resulting grants.

Principle tasks and responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of our Grants fundraising plans for England and Wales and through that the development of important new projects.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with new and existing trust, statutory and lottery funders.
  • Contribute to a range of creative, well-thought-out and well-budgeted funding applications to potential funders which meet their priorities and our organisational objectives, including six-figure applications to the Big Lottery Fund. 
  • Assist project colleagues to evaluate, assess and write concise applications and draft detailed project budgets and project plans.
  • Manage effective systems and schedules of applications and reporting to ensure that all deadlines are met.
  • Ensure that all funded projects and staff are aware of their funding requirements through clear and consistent communication of the above
  • Identify new target funders, initiating research and implementing applications and ensure that all potential sources of income are explored
  • Keep Trust, Statutory and Lottery funders informed of progress on work that they have funded through timely submission of reports. Ensure that these relationships are well supported where appropriate by telephone calls and/or face to face meetings 
  • Maximise the use of the Foundation’s relationship database Raisers Edge and ensure all Trust, Statutory and Lottery records are kept up to date.
  • Participate in regular team meetings, reporting and liaising on ongoing projects
  • Take responsibility for the grant management of selected grants – chasing and thanking for grant payments, advising projects on spending to date, variances from budget and on appropriate spending, and working with Finance to ensure all appropriate contributions to core costs and salaries are transferred to general funds.
  • Manage excellent relationships with trust, statutory and lottery funders.
  • Manage existing and new grants in respect of achieving agreed outcomes, monitoring spending and meeting reporting requirements.


  • Maintain excellent relationships with staff in programmes to support their work with current and potential funders.
  • Work closely with the other members of the Grants team, sharing out responsibilities as appropriate according to skills and availability, and helping to manage the pipeline of speculative grants.
  • Work with Fundraising and Communications staff as appropriate e.g. in sourcing case studies from projects for donor appeals and supporter newsletters.


  • Maintain excellent relationships with existing and potential funding bodies.
  • Liaise with teams across the Mental Health Foundation on producing content that supports our message and encouraging teams from across the organisation to think about producing their own impactful content.
  • Work with colleagues in our Scotland and Wales offices to ensure that their work is properly represented and amplified.

Measures of performance

  • Responsibility for contributions towards the restricted grants income target.
  • Helping to secure additional unrestricted donations from trusts.
  • Monitor and review restricted grant spending against budget in order to be able to report accurately to funders and advise projects on spending.
  • Construct detailed and effective budgets for project grant applications.

Other duties

  • Promote good practice in relation to mental health at work issues, and enable the Foundation to be a model of best practice in all aspects of mental health at work.
  • Uphold and promote the Foundation’s commitment to equal opportunities and respect for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.
  • Undertake other reasonable duties as required by the Head of Partnerships.


  • Help manage and support interns and volunteers.
  • Promote and support the achievement of the Mental Health Foundation’s mission, goals and values.
  • Act as a positive ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation in all opportunities.
  • Maintain a high standard of probity in professional, personnel and financial matters, maintaining good relations with colleagues and external partners and to act in accordance with the Mental Health Foundation’s code of conduct.
  • Uphold and promote the Mental Health Foundation’s commitment to equality and diversity and the value of lived experience.
  • Have due regard to safeguarding and health and safety issues.
  • Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.


Person specification


  • Significant experience of trusts, lottery and/ or statutory fundraising, including securing and managing six-figure grants, ideally including the Big Lottery Fund.
  • Experience of developing and maintaining funder relationships.
  • Experience of significant grant management and reporting.
  • Experience of researching potential funders and identifying matches.
  • Experience of working with key project staff to develop viable funding applications.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of grants fundraising.
  • Knowledge of the ways of working of a range of UK charitable funders.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal/relationship-building and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent written skills including the ability to lead on and appraise funding proposals, presenting information in a clear and succinct way.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Excellent IT skills including Word, Excel and online application forms.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, including the understanding and interpretation of financial information, annual accounts and management accounts.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage a varied workload.
Personal qualities
  • Target-driven and thrives in an environment of competing deadlines.
  • Pro-active and self-motivated with the ability to develop varied funding bids.
  • Works well in a team, diplomatic and assertive, supporting colleagues and learning from them.
  • Experience of using a relational database such as Raiser's Edge.

Requirements of all roles at the Mental Health Foundation

  • Willingness to work flexibly to meet the reasonable needs of the Foundation.
  • Commitment to working in accordance with the Foundation’s values.
  • Prepared on occasions to work unsocial hours.
  • Prepared to travel within the UK and abroad, occasionally staying away from home overnight.
  • Self-sufficient in use of information and communications technology.
  • Ability to self-manage a full and varied workload.

Competencies for working at the Mental Health Foundation

We expect all employees to be able to use these competences to a high level in their roles. During the recruitment process, at interview stage, we look for evidence of all these competencies.

  • Expertise, knowledge and analysis.
  • Communication, influencing and promotion.
  • Relationships and partnership working.
  • Service focused.
  • Business aware.
  • Strategic thinking and decision making.
  • Leadership.
  • Adaptability and personal responsibility. Innovative and creative.
  • Committed to personal development.

Equal opportunities information

As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sections of the community, whatever your background.

We value each and every person in our team and are very good at working with people. Our workforce is made up of talented individuals from all sections of the community and we are committed to providing a working environment that encourages, and is supportive of, workers with mental health problems. We therefore welcome applications from anyone with personal experience of mental distress or learning disabilities, and positively encourage people with experience of using mental health services to apply.

We believe the way in which we effectively work together will enable our charity to fulfil its mission.

This commitment to equality and diversity means that we benefit from the widest range of experience and talent, and are fully representative of the world in which we live. We aim to create a working environment in which everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory manner.

Recruitment agencies may be employed as appropriate. We ensure that all such agencies operate an equal opportunities policy comparable to that used by us.

Benefits of working for us

The Mental Health Foundation is a great place to work and offers generous benefits.

All our members of staff are entitled to the following benefits. Please note that some of the benefits are available after a qualifying probation period.


We consider it important to encourage people to save for their retirement and therefore we provide staff (after successful completion of a probation period) with a 10% pension contribution paid into an Age on Personal Pension. Contributions can be invested in a variety of funds according to your investment preference, or alternatively a default fund is available. Staff will also receive death in service life cover at four times salary.

Annual leave

Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

Maternity/parental leave

Enhanced maternity/parenthood leave entitlements are in place, including extended maternity leave and benefits. Available after a qualifying period.

Flexible working/work life balance

The right to request flexible working is available to all employees. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available throughout the organisation, which can be arranged by mutual consent.

Child Care Vouchers

This is a flexible way to meet the costs of your childcare. Part of your salary can be given up or ‘sacrificed’ in exchange for Childcare Vouchers. Within specified limits, these vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions and therefore present a saving for employees who receive them as part of their total employment package. The Childcare Vouchers received are then exchanged, in whole or part, for the approved and registered childcare services you use.


We are required to make statutory sickness payments (SSP) where staff qualify. We also have our own sick pay scheme, including full pay for a period subject to certain conditions.

Employee Assistance Service

At times staff members may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives. As part of our commitment to staff members we provide a 24/7 independent and confidential counselling and information telephone service, free of charge. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work-related concerns.

Season ticket loan

Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced in the Finance Act 1999 to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. It allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists' safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit.

Through the scheme, employees will be able to purchase a bike of a value of up to £1,111, repaid over 18 months through deductions from your gross monthly salary. The loan will be interest free and the benefit will be offered after successful completion of the probationary period.