Bid Development Manager

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Maidstone, United Kingdom

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30+ days ago

Closing date: Tuesday 31 January 2023
Salary: Up to £35,000 PA
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time

Tyland Barn Nature Park & Gardens,

Chatham Road
, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
To design and build a proactive KWT Bid strategy for existing and potential Grant-givers. Supporting the stewardship of existing trusts and foundations whilst making active approaches to new sources of funding.

The role will lead the facilitation of cross-organisational proposition development for high value strategic funding opportunities £200K+, with the aim of developing more compelling large-scale propositions to secure long term transformational partnerships in order to fund the Trust’s ambitious plan for the recovery of nature across Kent.

Lead on relationship development with key funders.

Globally and nationally wildlife is in steep decline. We appear to be reaching critical tipping points around the loss of biodiversity as well as around climate change, both being interlinked. Human society cannot prosper without wildlife and healthy ecosystems.

Kent’s wildlife needs to be restored to much higher levels. We can no longer allow common things to become rare. We can only do this by restoring large-scale natural habitat areas and processes. Doing this will contribute to solving global problems. But we won’t be able to do this unless we publicly aspire to a higher level of impact and show that we can deliver this.

The Job:

The role will involve working collaboratively across the organisation, to facilitate engagement, strong relationships and effective working between fundraising and other teams whilst supporting the alignment of KWT’s operational priorities with donor opportunities which will allow us to turn our organisational vision into reality.

You will work as part of Kent Wildlife Trust’s Fundraising team to build on the Trust’s existing success of winning grant income for a range of exciting and groundbreaking projects and activities (such as the Wilder Blean Bison Project). You will be expected to build on this success by adopting a proactive and strategic approach to the range of projects and activities KWT have planned as part of their strategy seeking funding in excess of 6 figures. You will achieve ambitious targets that will enable Kent Wildlife Trust to realise its goal of creating a wilder Kent. You will research and identify funding opportunities that meet organisational priorities. Key priorities will be;

  • Set up and refine effective systems and processes to best enable the development of compelling high value propositions in a timely way including a priority pipeline of grant applications/bids
  • Work closely and effectively with Kent Wildlife Trust staff to develop project concepts into fundable applications
  • Develop new funding sources for both project and core income
  • Compile and maintain detailed and accurate records of donations, contact details and contact history and ensure integration into Kent Wildlife Trust CRM system
  • Produce reports on performance of content both online and in print
  • Provide required reports and updates to funders
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with Major Funders by organising and attending regular meetings and site visits


Reporting into our new Head of Grants and Partnership development you will be an integral part of Kent Wildlife Trust’s new Income Generation and Marketing team. As an inspiring and passionate senior fundraiser with substantial experience you will lead on the facilitation and development of funding propositions and bids for high value strategic opportunities £200k+. You will have an understanding and passion for Nature based solutions to climate change, a background in writing pitches, briefs and bids. Understand the grant making sector for both statutory and Trust & Foundations grants. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills to articulate and promote the work of Kent Wildlife Trust and its varied projects. You will have an organised and strategic approach to your role and be flexible enough to react to incoming opportunities when they arise.

Contact Details:

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The application process:

Applicants should read the Guidance Notes carefully before completing the applicant information form supported by Cover Note and CV

To apply for this position, please download the application pack and submit your completed Applicant Information Form together with your covering letter and CV using the link below.

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