Are you detail driven? Do you want to make a difference to Britain's heritage? Do you enjoy research? Then this role may be ideal for you as your skills help up to raise vital funds to protect and restore this unique site.
With responsibility for grant applications and general fundraising this role plays a vital part in the future of Fort Amherst.
Although the Fort is self financing for day to day activity, for ongoing restoration and enhancement works, we are reliant on obtaining grants and donations from charitable foundations.
With your background in fund raising, grant applications or finance, you will be familiar with the construction of an application, the requirements for accuracy within the application and will not be put off by rejection!
Working at home, or from the Fort, you will be responsible for collating requests for funding from your fellow trustees as well as the General Manager, then translating these requests into viable applications to grant giving bodies.
Your expertise will also help our own internal events team extract the maximum benefit from events that we stage at the Fort, to ensure that we are utilising every opportunity to raise funds for the future benefit of the Fort.
Annually, there are 7 meetings lasting circa 2 hours plus any additional meetings as and when required. These meetings are primarily held in the evening to accommodate the working patterns of the Trustees but there may be some additional Committee work and on-going projects which require a regular time commitment and meetings during the daytime.
With an eye for detail, an interest in charitable fundraising and a robust personality that can handle applications being rejected, you will have experience in raising funds from charitable donations or corporate sponsors. You may have previous experience within this field, or are from an Educational, Finance or Heritage background and would like to use your skills in a different direction.
This is an ideal role for someone that is happy to work on a range of projects at the same time, and enjoys the challenge of tracking down potential sources of funding and support.
Although the Fort is self sustaining for its day to day activity, the longer term restoration of the complete 22 acre site remains the strategic goal of the Trust. To enable this to happen, significant fundraising activity will need to be undertaken to enable materials and specialist support to be brought in to complete the tasks.
We have recently been successful in securing a significant Heritage Lottery Fund bid to enable restoration of parts of the site, as part of a project entitled Command of the Heights. Your support will enable us to close some of the funding gaps within this project whilst also allowing us to focus on other areas of the site that are waiting for restoration.
By raising funds to enable the Trust to restore the complete site, you will be helping to protect Britain's largest Napoleonic fortress and ensuring it is protected for generations to come.
This opportunity is ideal for someone that likes a challenge and enjoys thinking "outside the box" where fundraising is concerned.
Your experience and enthusiasm will make a real difference to how we raise money as a Trust to protect and develop the Fort.
Although the role is unpaid, reasonable travel or mileage expenses will be met.