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Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser

Freelance

Babylon Migrants Project is looking for an experienced fundraiser to work in a freelance capacity on securing funding from trusts and foundations


  • 2 days per month at £200 per day

  • A fixed-term role for 10 months (unless additional funding is secured to continue the role)

About Us

Babylon Project is a Community Interest Company which runs creative activities by and for young people from refugee, asylum seeking and migrant backgrounds. We provide a safe and welcoming environment in which young people can take part in creative activities such as drama, storytelling, film-making and art. Our activities aim to address the disadvantage and exclusion experienced by refugees and asylum seekers living in the UK, boosting young people’s confidence and providing them with the necessary tools to express themselves. We aim to help young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to find community through creativity.

Established in October 2022, Babylon Project has already made a significant impact in empowering young people through creative and community building activities. With partners and collaborators such as Safe Passage, Red Cross, Little Amal, Fences and Frontiers, Dost, and Compass Collective, we have collectively run over 70 workshops, reaching over 700 participants. We been invited to represent Babylon Project at conferences such as Human Rights Watch, Locality and London Youth. We recently won the London Youth Award for Creating a Better London.

In addition, we have run 24 independent workshops in photography, art, storytelling, poetry and theatre, reaching 70 participants. These workshops have helped young people develop their skills and interests in a supportive and inclusive environment, boosting their confidence and sense of accomplishment.

The Role

We are looking for a self-motivated and proactive individual with demonstrable experience in trusts and foundations fundraising. They will have had success in identifying new opportunities, keeping track of funding deadlines, and writing grant applications and proposals. The Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser would be responsible for helping us grow our income from a range of fundraising sources, with a main focus on trusts and foundations.

You will work closely with the directors and leadership team to understand funding priorities, identify potential funders, and develop compelling funding bids. You will have experience in writing and submitting successful funding proposals and applications and of meeting fundraising targets.

Main Areas of Focus

Innovation & development

  • Helping Babylon Migrants Project to develop a diversified range of income streams to ensure that the CIC can support more people

  • Helping to develop a strategy for targeting trusts and foundations


Relationship building

  •  Establishing strong relationships with employees and volunteers, to understand how to work with and enhance what we already do or has been done in the past

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with relevant networks of individual donors and trusts & foundations managers to maximise their levels of giving

  • Identifying, prioritising and establishing new relationships with potential grant-making organisations, trusts and foundations 

  • Effectively stewarding both individual donors and the trusts/foundation managers that you are responsible for 


Communications, reporting and monitoring 

  • Writing and submitting excellent and persuasive applications to relevant grant-making organisations and progressing chase to outcome

  • Providing regular fundraising updates to the Directors and leadership team

  • Maintaining and updating a pipeline database with details of grants and stages of progression and ensuring that there is a coherent, rolling programme of applications.


General

  • Undertaking any other duties which may be reasonably requested by the Babylon Migrants Project Directors

Essential Criteria

  • Experience of writing donor letters and proposals, and grant applications

  • Proven experience of increasing income

  • Knowledge of best practice approaches for non-profits to maximise income from individual fundraisers, public funding and grants/ trusts

  • Demonstrable budgetary experience

  • Experience of setting and achieving targets and producing work to agreed deadlines

  • Strong organisational & planning skills

  • Excellent written skills and ability to collate and articulate information to funders, tailored to their requirements

  • A self-starter with good interpersonal, communication skills, happy to work with a small, virtual team

  • A commitment to equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion

  • Ability to cope calmly under pressure

  • Active interest in supporting young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

  • Demonstrates an understanding and commitment to our values

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working with a small charity or CIC

  • An understanding of the differences between CICs and charities, and the implications for fundraising

  • Strong project management skills

How to Apply: 

Email: info@babylonproject.co.uk with your CV and a cover letter. Along with your cover letter, please provide the names and contact details of two referees.

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 12th February. Interviews w/c 19th February.

For more information about the role, feel free to email info@babylonproject.co.uk with any questions.

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