Rosendale Partnerships
£275 per day
Closing Date
24/06/2024 - 12:00
Employer Rosendale Partnerships

Trusts and Grants Freelancer

Responsible to: Managing Director
Salary: £275 per day
Contract: Freelance, 4-6 months fixed term
Hours: 36 days to be worked on days and during hours of your choosing over the contract period.
Location: Hybrid/Remote – The Open Door office in central London is available to work from but work can be undertaken in the venue of your choosing

Rosendale Partnerships is seeking an experienced freelance fundraiser to work with one of their key clients – Open Door, with a focus on Trusts & Foundations to support the Open Door 2024/25 fundraising strategy, developing a pipeline of relevant prospects and writing and submitting grant proposals and applications.

About Us

Rosendale Partnerships was established in 2017 as a fundraising consultancy specialising in the arts sector. Working with a broad range of arts and charity clients Rosendale offer fundraising and sponsorship services. 

Open Door is an award-winning charity that helps talented people aged 17 & 26 from low-income backgrounds, who do not have the financial support or resources, gain a place at one of the UK’s leading drama schools. Whether they want to pursue a career in acting, production arts or technical theatre, Open Door support them by breaking down barriers by providing them training & preparation through an 8 month mentoring and support programme. This allows them to compete for drama school training on a level playing field, unburdened from financial strain. It is the only organisation tackling access to acting, production arts & technical theatre training at FE level for young people from these backgrounds.

Our awards include; School of the Year at The Stage Awards (2019); Big Issue’s Top 100 Changemakers (2019 and 2022); and BIFA’s Special Jury Prize for Contribution to the Industry (2022). Partner organisations include: the Donmar Warehouse, Spotlight, Royal Court London, Nottingham Playhouse, Derby Theatre, Leicester Curve, Leeds Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman and Royal Exchange Manchester.

Patrons include: Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke & Riz Ahmed

KPIs across the period 

  • A pipeline of around 25 relevant targeted prospects
  • At least 10 applications submitted


Experience and skills

  • Proven successful experience in fundraising, particularly in securing grants from trusts and foundations.
  • Strong research and analytical skills to identify potential donors and funding opportunities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to tailor messages for diverse audiences.
  • Detail-oriented and organised, with the ability to manage multiple deadlines and projects simultaneously.
  • Understanding of the charitable sector and a passion for making a positive impact.


  • Demonstrated success in securing funding from trusts and foundations.
  • Availability to work on a freelance basis, with flexibility in scheduling to accommodate deadlines.
  • A self-motivated and proactive approach to fundraising, with the ability to work independently.


Interested candidates are invited to email their CV and a cover letter expanding on your examples of successful trust and foundation grant applications to: rebecca@rosendalepartnerships.com

The closing date for this position is 24/06/2024 at 12:00