Ideal time commitment: approx. 5-10 hours per month; flexible
Responsible to: the Head of Fundraising
Bi Pride UK’s mission is to create spaces where people who experience attraction beyond gender can be freely visible and celebrate themselves and their identities. It’s not enough to be ‘welcome’ at a Pride. We make up a very large proportion of the GRSD (Gender, Romantic and Sexual Diversity) community – many stats actually say we’re over half the community – and we deserve to be visible and celebrated in our own right.
There are many ways to make this happen, and we work in many ways to bring this change about:
- Outreach work with other Prides, LGBT organisations and bi organisations – our consultation work with local Prides, the UK Pride Organisers Network and local and national LGBT organisations works in a tailored way to make sure that bi-inclusion is a top priority and is being done well
- Organising a high-profile annual Bi Pride event – from September 2019, Bi Pride UK made history with the largest ever gathering of bi people recorded. A performance stage, a panel stage, stall village, street food, and over 1,300 attendees. After going virtual with the BiFi Festival for 2020 due to Covid-19 and running a virtual Pride event in 2021, we are looking forward to being back in person in 2022
- Building a strong online and virtual community – just as important as the rest of our work is making sure that people hear about it! People need to know what resources and spaces exist for them, and how they can connect with other people like them
Bi Pride UK is a growing charity with ambitious plans for developing our work, and we need to explore new areas for fundraising to support this growth. The Grants Manager will work with the Head of Fundraising and the rest of the fundraising team to identify and apply for new sources of grant funding for teams across the charity.
We have been successful in several significant grants in our first years as a charity, and we hope to grow this area of income in the future. This volunteer will work volunteers across the charity to identify project needs, budgets and suitable grantmakers for different areas of BI Pride UK’s work and prepare grant applications. They will also liaise with the Research Officer to ensure that suitable monitoring and evaluation processes are in place for successful grant bids, and with the Board to ensure that all reporting requirements for successful bids are met.
The main responsibilities will include:
- Preparing and updating a grant fundraising strategy for Bi Pride UK;
- Identifying grant programmes and grantmakers appropriate to Bi Pride UK’s aims, strategic objectives and programme deliverables;
- Working with Bi Pride UK’s finance team and fundraising team to determine Bi Pride UK budgetary needs and those for which grant funding would be appropriate;
- Drafting grant applications for Bi Pride UK and coordinating with the Board to finalise these;
- Tracking reporting requirements for successful grant applications and coordinating the production of relevant reports by members of the team;
- Supporting the broader fundraising efforts of the fundraising team where possible.
Our team volunteers remotely from anywhere in the UK, with some travel required occasionally (primarily for our flagship Pride event in London in September). Each team has its own monthly evening team meeting, via conference call; the day varies depending on the team and can be arranged for the most convenient timing for the team’s members. All reasonable expenses incurred are reimbursed, including travel, lunch at away days and other all day events, and some childcare costs if required.
- Interest and passion for tackling discrimination against and improving the visibility of people in the UK who experience attraction to more than one gender;
- An understanding of the needs of bi people and communities in the UK;
- Commitment to the aims and objectives of Bi Pride UK;
- A creative problem solver, always seeking solutions;
- Meticulous attention to detail;
- Ability to self-motivate when working remotely;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Experience of writing funding proposals and grant bids;
- Some understanding of the UK’s trusts and foundations landsscape, particularly in relation to funding for queer and/or anti-oppression work;
- Able to communicate confidently, coherently and sensitively on complex issues of identity, power dynamics and privilege.