Grant Writer (COVID-19 Support)

Grant Writer (COVID-19 Support)

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Fundraising strategy
  • Researching funders / writing proposals


Chesham, HP5 1DE
Remote opportunity
Travel limit? No need to travel


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
Over 7 hours / week
At least 1 day per week, but hours can be split across times to suit availability


30 Jul 2020

Chiltern Music Therapy is a not-for-profit that provides Music Therapy to people of all ages and with many different needs.  We are looking for a grant writer to help secure a sustainable future beyond Covid 19.

What will you be doing?

Chiltern is an award winning, not-for-profit organisation that provides music therapy and community music to people of all ages with varying needs across the UK.

At Chiltern, our most significant mission is two-fold: we want to enable every person in this world, regardless of their needs, a chance to be heard. We use our music therapy services and community music sessions to do just that. However, we believe just as passionately in making our own working environment as caring and inclusive and our staff's needs are just as important as those of our patients. We therefore offer a fantastic working environment that recognises skills, that values every input, that celebrates every achievement and that supports every development. 

The role:

 - Lead and support high-quality proposal development and bid process activities, ensuring the propositions submitted are deliverable, measurable, and accurately costed.

-  Lead writing for grant applications and proposals, letters of intent, reports, presentations and other communications for submission to donors and other potential funding sources. 

 -  Keep track of reporting requirements for grants, liaise with grant holders and keep to deadlines.

 - Register new business or funding opportunities on our CRM, and monitor, note, and report on submission outcomes.

 - Maintain a proposal library, to include previous submissions and proposals.

 - Support the Chiltern Fundraising team, working closely alongside a team of 6.

What are we looking for?

  • Ideally 1 day per week, but hours can be split across times to suit your availability.
  • Someone with solid grant-writing experience, ideally in the Arts or Health sectors but not essential.
  • Someone who can support and coach a small internal team of therapists who also complete grant-writing for pilot projects.
  • Someone who can be focused, efficient and work to tight deadlines
  • A brilliant communicator – you need to work with multiple teams to get the information you need 
  • Keen to learn about our vision, values and mission

What difference will you make?

The impact of Covid 19 has been catastrophic for so many organisations. Lockdown meant that, overnight, the hundreds of patients we saw could no longer access their music therapy sessions. 30% of our sessions have now moved online and with lockdown restrictions starting to ease, we are beginning to be welcomed back into schools and care homes. However, the financial impact has been significant. We now need to apply for grants to enable us to deliver our services to those most in need across the country. 

What's in it for the volunteer?

  • Enable a charity to reach enough funds to see the organisation through these unprecedented times. You would literally become one of our superheroes!
  • To give back to the community – you will be writing grants that fund some of the UK’s most innovative Music Therapy and Community Music projects
  • Be part of a dynamic, innovative and exceptionally inclusive organisation

Before you apply

Once we receive your application, you will be contacted by a member of the recruitment team in the first instance for a quick informal chat. If successful, a longer zoom/skype call with one of our directors will be arranged.
  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social care
  • Young people
  • Chiltern Music Therapy is an innovative and inclusive organisation providing specialist music therapy and community music sessions. We support over 2500 people a year - our youngest patient is 30...