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Fundraising Bid Writer

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Could you help to raise vital funds for the armed forces charity SSAFA - Soldiers,Sailors,Airmen & Families Association in your county or region? You need the ability to get on with all kinds of people, good I.T. skills and good written and spoken English. If you already have some fundraising experience that would be great too but it’s not essential.

As Fundraising Bid writer, you would work with your local SSAFA fundraising manager on the research and application of fundraising bids. You will be given a list of prospects for you to use and build up a funding pipeline.

SSAFA have been supporting the Armed Forces community for more than 130 years. They rely on local funds to support people in urgent need, to benefit the local military community and to support their volunteers. They need you to help tap in to the regional funders throughout the UK.  You would be remotely based, volunteering from home or at your place of work. This role would suit someone looking to give a regular time commitment to SSAFA although when and where would be flexible to suit you.

What would you be doing?

  • Working with the Regional Fundraising Managers to identify local and regional trusts and foundations 
  • Carrying out research and building a case for support for funding 
  • Meeting with local case working teams to understand the local need 
  • Working with Marketing staff at Central Office, checking that all fundraising materials meet SSAFA branding style and current key messages 
  • Liaise with Regional Fundraising Manager when pursuing opportunities beyond local and regional parameters
  • Evaluate fundraising activities and provide reports and information for funders
  • Be a positive ambassador for SSAFA in all settings
  • Volunteering within the standards and values of SSAFA, including adhering to their policies such as the volunteering policy and data protection policy (these will be covered in your training and local induction)

What can you gain from this volunteering role? 

  • Give back to your local military community 
  • Use your skills, knowledge and life experience to benefit others 
  • Give tangible and practical support to your local branch by raising funds used directly to support beneficiaries 
  • Support and friendship from your local SSAFA committee and the wider SSAFA community 
  • Experience, training and skills that you can highlight on your CV and in job interviews
  • Better physical and mental health – studies show that volunteers live longer and experience lower levels of stress and depression!

What about training and support? 

  • Fundraising workshops 
  • Online training modules on safeguarding and GDPR, so you are up to date on how to keep beneficiaries, their families safe and personal information safe
  • Access to a range of e-learning courses, fundraising guidance and marketing materials 
  • Regional Operational Support Manager & Volunteer Development Manager (per region)  Fundraising Manager (per region) 
  • Fundraising and Marketing teams based at Central Office  


  • Friendly and approachable people with good communication skills including written and spoken English 
  • Confident to deal with the public, potential beneficiaries, volunteers, other agencies and SSAFA colleagues – face-to-face, by phone, email or via social media
  • Experience of submitting funding applications 
  • Ability to send and receive emails – you will receive your own SSAFA email address 
  • Ability to make enquires about fundraising opportunities by phone, email, letter or by filling in forms
  • Reliable, keep appointments, ability to feed back on opportunities 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and keep information safely 
  • Access to public transport or a car to get to meetings and events 
  • Able to provide two referees: former employers or other people that know you well (other than relatives)


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description


This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

When do I need to be available?

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Availability Details

This role would suit someone looking to give a regular time commitment to SSAFA although when and where would be flexible to suit you.

Register your Interest


  • Armed Forces & Veterans


  • Administration and Office
  • Computers, IT and Websites
  • Fundraising and Finance

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