We are looking for talented, articulate people to join us as grants fundraising volunteers. 

As our work develops, we increasingly need to ask funders to support our work – and we could do with some help with creating our smaller grant applications. 

We are looking to grow our activities for children aged five and upwards, new sessions for adults in the community and our youth support coaching programme. We also need funds to help our residents with food and hygiene items – including ‘welcome packs’ for everyone who comes to live with us.

Joining us as a grants fundraising volunteer will involve you in having a small group of trusts and grant-makers to apply to, using our established budgets and cases for support, and – where your applications are successful – providing written and visual evidence to report back on how we’ve spent the money. We want you to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in being at the heart of making things happen for young people, and there will be occasional opportunities to attend cheque presentations and other events if you would like to. 

This is a role that can be carried out remotely and at times that suit you, although we’d hope to see you spending some time at the YMCA to get to know the work that you will be supporting. 

Your Role

  • To get to know our work and the specific projects and items that YMCA Doncaster needs to raise grant funding for. 
  • To develop a clear understanding of the ‘Cases for Support’ that you will be using in writing your applications.
  • To take on a small group of trusts and grant-makers, submit applications to them and answer basic queries during the application process. 
  • To make sure that those who fund our work are thanked, acknowledged appropriately and updated on the difference that their support makes. 
  • To carry out grantmaker searches as needed. 
  • To attend – if you would like to – cheque presentations and other events on behalf of YMCA Doncaster. 
  • To carry out other grants-related tasks as needed.

Qualities We’re Looking For

  • Very strong written communication skills. 
  • Experience of using accurate written communication in a paid, voluntary or academic situation.
  • Able to join in behind the scenes and be driven by the impact you could have. 
  • Able to carry out tasks independently without close supervision. 
  • Committed to volunteering in a confidential role where you may know of future plans before others do, and where you may have access to personal information about staff and clients. 

For those volunteering remotely, we would hope that you will have a computer suitable for completing grant applications but we (or you) may be able to access funds for this if necessary. 

A DBS check will be required for this position (YMCA will pay for this), and we will ask you to provide details of at least one referee. 

To Volunteer 

Please click here or on the orange button below to tell us about yourself on our Volunteering Application.