Job type

Grants officer

£20k - £35k

Typical salary

37 – 40

Hours per week

Grants officers look at applications for grants from charities, government or public bodies and decide whether to award funding.

More info

  • Assess grant applications and keep track of projects that have received grants
  • You'll need to be analytical and fair, and a good communicator
  • Progress into senior roles, management, or become a consultant to organisations applying for grants

As a grants officer, you would assess applications for grants and funding from charitable trusts, government or public bodies.


  • Checking applications meet funding criteria
  • Advising people on applications
  • Assessing applications against a strict set of rules
  • Giving information and recommendations to the decision-making panel
  • Keeping people informed about the progress of their application
  • Administering grant payments
  • Supporting a caseload of grant holders and monitoring their progress
  • Keeping accurate records of applications and payments
  • Giving presentations to publicise grant schemes


You would be office-based, but may also spend some of your time travelling to meet applicants and consultants, visit projects and give presentations.

You'll need

This role requires someone with excellent written and spoken communication skills, the ability to analyse complex information and figures, fair and objective decision-making ability, organisational and planning skills, IT and administrative skills, and presentation skills.

There are no set entry requirements, but employers will usually expect you to have skills and experience in areas like basic accounting and budget management, database administration, project management, and information gathering.

Awarders of scientific research grants may ask for a science degree.

Paid or unpaid experience in conservation, the arts or community work may be useful.


With experience, you could progress to senior grants officer, become a freelance grants consultant, or move into charity management.