• Full Time
  • London

London Marathon Foundation

Location: London

Hours: Full Time

Salary: £30,000 – £35,000

Closing date: February 8, 2024

Who are we?​

The London Marathon Foundation (part of the London Marathon Group) is one of the UK’s major funders of initiatives that support people, especially children, young people and underserved communities, to lead active and healthy lives.  ​

The London Marathon Foundation is the parent charity of London Marathon Events (LME), whose event portfolio includes the TCS London Marathon and Ford RideLondon-Essex. Every year, after costs, the surplus generated by LME is passed through corporate Gift Aid to the Foundation, who use this income to fund projects that inspire, increase and champion participation and diversity in physical activity in London, Essex and across the UK.​

Since its founding in 1981, the Foundation has awarded more than £100 million to more than 1,600 projects that inspire activity. A wide range of organisations and inclusive activities are supported, from team sports like football and wheelchair basketball, to individual activities like running and swimming, and other ways of being active like play, dance, walking and gardening, so that everyone, regardless of their age, ability or background, can lead an active and healthy life.​

Our values are integral to who we are, how we work and what we do:​

  • Impact – together we create positive change​
  • Innovate – together we enable new ideas​
  • Everyone – together we champion inclusivity​
  • Customer first – together we go the extra mile for all​

Diversity, inclusion and wellbeing are at the heart of everything we do, and we want to ensure they are at the heart of our company. We strongly value diversity within our workforce, and recognise that different people bring different perspectives, lived experience, ideas and culture to the company. This difference brings with it great strengths, including diversity of thought and innovation. ​

So, if you’re ready to be a force for good, lead change and want to make a difference to society through the power of sport and physical activity, keep reading.​

About the role​

The Funding Officer is a key member of the Foundation’s team with responsibility for day-to-day grants application assessment, managing a portfolio of grants and supporting administration of the Foundation’s grantmaking processes and programmes. This includes assessing applications for funding, making recommendations and providing feedback on grant applications, managing relationships with applicants and grantees, reviewing progress reports and payment claims and monitoring and evaluating the impact of funded projects. ​

The Funding Officer will support the Funding Managers and wider Funding Team to ensure The Trust’s funding delivers against organisational strategic objectives, meets the needs of funded organisations/projects and maximises impact for beneficiaries. ​

The Foundation aims to inspire, encourage and champion participation and diversity in physical activity. The Funding Officer will support this aim by identifying exciting, impactful and strategically aligned funding opportunities, and developing funding recommendations for presentation to Trustees.​

Reporting to a Funding Manager, the Funding Officer will manage day-to-day relationships with funded organisations and deliver an excellent quality of support and customer service. A confident communicator, the Funding Officer will be comfortable communicating with a wide variety of people, both internally and externally. ​

The Funding Manager will bring demonstrable experience of managing funding programmes and grants in a relevant role and/or sector. They will have excellent organisational skills, attention to detail, a methodical approach to work and a strong knowledge of grant making processes and best practice. They will be confident in shaping and developing guidance and resources to support applicants for funding and funded organisations. They will be experienced in using databases and in analysing financial information. Experience of using grantmaking databases and managing funding relationships are also desirable. ​

They must demonstrate a commitment to the London Marathon Group’s vision of ‘Inspiring Activity’, and to the values of the London Marathon Group. They will demonstrate a deep and genuine commitment to improving society, and to the health and wellbeing outcomes of the most disadvantaged people in communities in London and beyond. They will be committed to maximizing the impact of the Foundation’s funding. ​

What you’ll be doing​

Grants Assessment, Management and Administration (60%)​

  • Assessing funding applications for funding on their feasibility, likely impact and ability to deliver key outcomes linked to the Foundation’s strategic objectives.​
  • Making recommendations for funding so that decisions can be made by senior leadership and Trustees. ​
  • Managing a portfolio of grants of different types, sizes and complexity.​
  • Acting as a key point of contact while funded organisations are delivering projects, including progress reports and identifying any risks or opportunities attached to projects and partnerships. ​
  • Reviewing and developing guidance and application processes for funding programmes. ​
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the Foundation’s funding including monitoring the delivery of outcomes by individual projects and partnerships. ​
  • Developing resources to support applicants/grantees to deliver our shared objectives, including guidance documents and best practice advice. ​
  • Working with the Data & Administration Officer to review and process grant payment claims in accordance with grant agreements, delivery plans and cashflow.​
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key local and strategic partners with the aim of growing a pipeline of high-calibre applications and identifying opportunities for collaboration. ​

Database Management and Insight (20%) ​

Working with the Data & Administration Officer to ensure accurate and up to date information is held on all funding programmes and grants. ​

  • Maintaining accurate records for all grants in your portfolio so that key data on individual projects and programmes can be effectively monitored and reported. ​
  • Collecting, organising and analysing relevant data to inform the Foundation’s impact assessment, learning and strategy development work. ​
  • Undertaking research and consultation to collect qualitative and quantitative data relevant to the Foundation’s grant making. ​

Reporting (10%) ​

  • Producing and presenting reports for the wider team, Grants Committee, Trustees and internal/external partners and stakeholders as required. ​
  • Preparing robust papers for Peer Review, Grants Committee and Trustee meetings, with clear recommendations relating to funding decisions. ​
  • Contributing to the production of the Foundation’s Annual Impact Report.​

Other Responsibilities (10%)​

  • Contributing as required to Trustee Board and committee meetings.​
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key partners and stakeholders.​
  • Representing the Foundation at grantee/partner/stakeholder events as required.​
  • Attendance at all staff meetings and away-days.​

Skills required ​

  • Experience of grants assessment and management.​
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to influence different audiences effectively.​
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills to manage a variety of programmes and workstreams effectively.​
  • Experience of working with databases.​
  • Financial analysis skills to review funding requests, project budgets and organisational accounts.​​
  • An interest in improving community health and wellbeing outcomes. ​
  • Adaptability and flexibility to navigate changes in the grantmaking landscape, funding priorities and organisational needs.​

Advantageous but not essential​

  • Experience of managing databases / using grants management databases/systems.​
  • An understanding of the charity sector, community sport/physical activity sector, grassroots community organisations, Trusts/Foundations, sport for development and public health issues.​
  • An understanding of different funding processes and approaches, as well as key developments and debates in the grantmaking/charity sectors. ​
  • Experience of different approaches to grantmaking for social impact (e.g. place-based, participatory, social investment models).​

What do we have on offer?​​

  • An opportunity to make a difference to society​
  • An incredibly rewarding job​
  • A charity that you will be proud to work for​
  • Flexible ways of working​
  • Involvement in delivering LME’s inspirational mass participation events​

The other benefits​

  • 25 days holiday pro rata, plus bank holidays and a Christmas shutdown​
  • On-site bike storage and showers​
  • Wellbeing allowance​
  • Personal Health insurance ​
  • Excellent employer contributions into our pension scheme​

Recognised as one of the UK’s Best Medium Workplaces and a top 20 Best Workplace for Women by Great Place to Work, we’re working hard to ensure we’re a truly inclusive place to work. ​

This means we don’t just look at your CV. We’re more focused on who you are and the potential added value you’ll bring to London Marathon Group. ​

We also know that everyone has a life outside work, so we’re open to discussing flexible working options, provided we can balance your needs with those of our grantees, partners and customers. We’ll do everything we can to support you during your application. If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process to accommodate your needs, feel free to contact our People and Culture Team who will be happy to support you.

To apply for this job please visit londonmarathoneventsltd.peoplehr.net.