Fundraising Bid Writer

Could you help to raise vital funds for SSAFA in your county or region?  You need the ability to get on with all kinds of people, basic 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.

Fundraising Bid Writers will be instrumental in growing local SSAFA branches, forging new partnerships with local community groups and organisations, and ensuring that SSAFA can continue to meet demand and provide our support services to the Armed Forces community.

What is a Fundraising Bid writer?

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.

Why do we need you?

We’ve been supporting the Armed Forces community for more than 130 years.  We rely on local funds to support people in urgent need, to benefit the local military community and to support our volunteers.  We need you to help us tap in to the regional funders throughout the UK.

When would you be needed and where would you be based?

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 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
  • Volunteer Support Manager (per region)
  • Fundraising Manager (per region)
  • Fundraising and Marketing teams based at our Central Office
  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses

What are we looking for?

  • 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)

How do I find out more?

  • Complete the volunteer application form below.
  • Call our friendly central Volunteer Team on 0800 032 5612. They can answer any general questions about volunteering and put you in touch with your local branch

How do we use your information?

The information you provide will be used to create a personal record on our database if your application to become a SSAFA volunteer is successful. It will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any other organisation; all data collected from unsuccessful applicants will be destroyed as soon as it is no longer needed. SSAFA complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.  Please read our privacy policy for more information.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, abilities, races, sexual orientations, socio-economic backgrounds, and of all faiths and none. SSAFA are committed to making reasonable adjustments to support disabled volunteers, so they have access to the same opportunities and experiences as non-disabled volunteers.

For further details see our equality and diversity policy.


We have a few restrictions on who can act as a referee for you and your application:

  • The referee must have know you for at least two years - and you must still be in contact now.
  • The referee cannot be a member of your family.
  • The referee cannot live at the same address as you.

What you'll do

Key role responsibilities

  • 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 check 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 our policies such as the volunteering policy and data protection policy (these will be covered in your training and local induction.)

Application form


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