Grants and Trusts Officer

Employer SCAA
Location Perthshire and Fife
Specific Location Home-based with a minimum of one day per week in the Perth or Aberdeen Office
Salary £30,000 - £35,000 pro-rata per annum
Closing Date Midday, Wednesday 23rd June


Launched in 2013, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance has grown and now works in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service as an integral part of Scotland’s frontline emergency response network. They respond to trauma incidents and medical emergencies across the country, covering an area of more than 30,000 square miles, with services that save and improve lives across Scotland every day.

Initially, a single helicopter operating from Perth Airport, SCAA added a second in 2020 which is based at Aberdeen Airport. The two helicopters, alongside two rapid response vehicles, take expert paramedic care to the scene of time-critical emergencies. SCAA then transports patients to hospitals all over Scotland to receive the most appropriate medical care.

In an emergency time is critical and this is where SCAA makes a huge difference. A patient’s chance of survival and full recovery are greatly increased if they receive the right medical care within the first hour of injury or illness. SCAA can be airborne within five minutes of receiving an emergency call and reach anywhere in Scotland in under 75 minutes. Their fast response and ability to reach some of the country’s most remote and rural areas save vital minutes when every second counts.

As Scotland’s only charity air ambulance, SCAA provides a leading-edge air ambulance service that is integral to emergency services in Scotland. Over the last 8 years, SCAA has responded to almost 3,000 callouts and in 2020 alone, they responded to 460 emergency callouts, of which 47% were trauma cases. Every life-saving mission undertaken in a SCAA helicopter costs approximately £2,500. Funded by the people of Scotland, primarily through donations, fundraising, events and our life-saving lottery, these statistics and figures demonstrate the essential requirement for SCAA to have a leading-edge fundraising team to match their leading-edge life-saving services.

The Grants and Trusts Officer will be a key contributor to SCAA’s fundraising strategy and play an important role in helping the charity significantly grow organisational income. They will be tasked with the delivery of a targeted and strategic programme of grant fundraising to achieve annual income targets, including maintenance and growth of the pipeline for both restricted and unrestricted giving. Prospect identification and proposal development, proactively identify and research trusts and foundations that are strong funding prospects, as well as identifying projects for funding are all core to this position. The Grants and Trusts Officer will work alongside colleagues to develop cases for support and produce tailored written funding applications for SCAA projects and programmes to maximise income.

The Grants and Trusts Officer must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in grants and trusts fundraising underpinned with knowledge of the Scottish trust fundraising landscape. They must be experienced in producing compelling fundraising proposals alongside a track record of developing successful funding proposals and raising significant income from charitable trusts. The Grants and Trusts Officer must have experience cultivating and stewarding a portfolio of grant-giving bodies, trusts and foundations and the confidence to work in a target-led environment. This role requires someone who is highly organised with attention to detail, shows initiative and can effectively prioritise workload. They must be a strong communicator. Experience with Donorflex or a similar fundraising database is required.


How To Apply

Please email us at [email protected] or call us on 01786 542 224 to request an information pack, full job description and person specification.

You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.

Closing Date: Midday, Wednesday 23rd June

Interview Dates: Monday 5th July

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