Improving Lives


Grants Officer

Office based at Whiston, Rotherham or Pontypridd, South Wales with travel as required



Job Title: Grants Officer

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Salary: £31,500 per annum, 29 days annual leave plus bank holidays, generous pension, Westfield Health, free onsite parking plus other benefits

Exciting Opportunity: Become a Grants Officer at CISWO!


Are you passionate about making a difference in communities? Do you excel at writing compelling funding bids and developing fundable projects? Do you thrive working in partnership with diverse communities and stakeholders? We are looking for an experienced Grants Officer to join our team.


About Us

CISWO improves lives impacted by the coal mining industry through support, resources, and the protection of recreational land.

CISWO will be here for the long term, supporting individuals and communities facing disadvantage due to the impact of the coal mining industry.

Learn more about our Strategic Plan for 2023-2027:

Why Work for CISWO?

Earn £31,500 annually, enjoy 29 days leave plus bank holidays, a generous pension, Westfield Health membership (including subsidised gym membership) , free onsite parking, and many more benefits including subsidised gym membership. Join us and make a difference to your life and the lives of others!


So, what might a typical week in the life of a Grants Officer look like?

Sitting within the Community Welfare Service team, this role reports directly to the Business Development Director. The Grants Officer works closely with our regional Development Managers supporting the sustainability of charitable activity at the heart of former coal mining communities. This is a small, dedicated team, where collaboration is key to achieving goals.


As Grants Officer you will get involved in meaningful work that offers opportunities for learning and growth while making a tangible difference.

This role primarily focuses on raising funds through making grant applications, whilst supporting the wider development team to respond to the flexible needs of the communities we serve.



  • Respond to support emails from community and welfare charities.
  • Research and assess new funding opportunities.
  • Arrange meetings with independent charity trustees.
  • Attend an online grant writing workshop or advise session.


  • Travel to a miners’ welfare for funding discussions.
  • Draft a small grant application.
  • Respond to potential funders.


  • Attend a team meeting to discuss projects and goals.
  • Draft a significant funding application.
  • Meet online with clients and their partners to refine proposals.



  • Review a grant proposal and provide improvement recommendations.
  • Conduct a site visit to monitor project progress.
  • Finalise and submit a grant application.
  • Assist in monitoring and evaluation planning for a successful grant award.


  • Conduct a funder and compliance assessment.
  • Review feedback on recent applications.
  • Support a trustee in submitting an online funding bid.
  • Update the team on progress and plan for deadlines.
  • Organise tasks for the following week.

The Role

We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating meaningful change through effective fundraising. As a Grants Officer, you will play a crucial role in securing funding that supports vital projects in mining communities. This position is perfect for someone with a knack for writing persuasive funding applications and a talent for building strong relationships with stakeholders.


Key Responsibilities

  • Secure funding: Identify and pursue funding opportunities.
  • Compelling applications: Write persuasive applications tailored to funders.
  • Stakeholder collaboration: Develop realistic projects with internal and external partners.
  • Support coordination: Ensure necessary support for successful applications.
  • Guidance development: Provide clear guidance for stakeholders.
  • Relationship building: Maintain strong relationships with funders.
  • Identify opportunities: Seek new funding aligned with our goals.
  • Performance monitoring: Keep accurate records to showcase project impact.

Skills & Experience

  • Proven success: Experience in writing successful funding applications.
  • Major funders: Worked with funders like Heritage Lottery, Sport England, National Lottery, and others.
  • Opportunity assessment: Ability to evaluate and target suitable funding opportunities.
  • Communication excellence: Clear, engaging written and verbal communication skills.
  • Team player: Work independently and collaboratively.
  • People skills: Strong interpersonal skills for effective partnerships
  • If you are driven by the opportunity to make a tangible impact and have the skills and experience to secure essential funding, we invite you to apply for this rewarding role at CISWO.


How to Apply

Send your CV and a supporting statement (max two sides of A4) detailing how you meet the role’s requirements to