Grants Officer – COPE Galway

Position Title: Grants Officer

Reporting to: Head of Development

Contract: Two year fixed term

Hours: 39 hours per week

Location: Calbro House, Tuam Road, Galway

Salary Range: €30,000 - €35,000 dependent on experience

Annual Leave: 22 days per annum


Cope Galway is a proudly local charity providing services, support and advocacy on behalf of Galway’s most isolated and vulnerable individuals and families.

Our mission is ‘To contribute to quality of life in a home of your own, by supporting home, promoting community and reducing isolation’. We work towards that mission by partnering with individuals, groups, businesses and agencies to deliver vital frontline, outreach and support services to the Galway community. Our services include:

  • Homeless Services

  • Domestic Abuse Services

  • Older People’s Services

Further information on COPE Galway and the work that we do can be found at


COPE Galway has grown its grant portfolio over the last few years however has identified a need to strengthen its systems and processes in order to maximise opportunities that exist.

The Grants Officer will oversee the development and formalisation of these systems and processes as well as the identification, submission and evaluation of grant applications aimed at securing funds and resources necessary for COPE Galway to deliver the services, supports and solutions to meet the needs of the organisation and our clients.

Reporting to the Head of Development, the Grants Officer will work in collaboration with, and support of, all cross functional areas within the organisation to ensure effective and efficient grant making processes are in place.

This is a newly developed position within COPE Galway and will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to build from the ground up and to leave their own stamp on the role. To be successful you will require high level organisation, time management and writing skills as well as the ability to work collaboratively, manage relationships and motivate others.


The key areas of responsibility for the Grants Officer will include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and identification of grant opportunities (local, national and international) suitable to advancing the mission of COPE

  • Work with COPE Galway service managers and other relevant staff to identify funding and resource needs applicable to grant

  • Engage COPE Galway service managers to formulate relevant grant applications and lead the development and submission of applications on behalf of the

  • Establish strong, positive relationships with relevant foundations, trusts and agencies in order to best advocate on behalf of COPE

  • Work with the COPE Galway marketing and communications team to effectively promote and acknowledge successful applications and outcomes in order to further promote the work of COPE Galway.

  • Ensure development of effective and efficient grant making systems and

  • Monitor implementation of received grant funds and resources ensuring adherence to any relevant compliance requirements as part of grant

  • Work with appropriate COPE Galway staff to ensure complete and accurate reporting and acquittal of grants as

  • Ensure accurate and appropriate records management through filing and retention of necessary electronic and paper documentation as

  • Develop and maintain a grants database to effectively and efficiently provide access to relevant opportunities and information to assist in the grant application

  • Produce reports and status updates for Senior Management and Board as required 


To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate will demonstrate evidence of the following skills and experience:

  • A degree or evidence of working towards a degree in a relevant

  • Previous experience in writing successful grant applications or similar experience in developing material designed to be

  • Understanding of the non-profit / charity

  • Exceptional writing and communication

  • Proven record of being able to work collaboratively with competing requirements to manage a project to successful

  • Strong attention to detail and analytical skills with an ability to prioritise and process complex and ambiguous

  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to multi-task and to motivate others in order to implement plans to tight

  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships and networks and to establish and maintain positive working relationships with

  • Proven ability to work autonomously, show initiative and drive the development of systems, processes and frameworks with which to improve efficiency and

  • IT competent and proven proficiency in Microsoft Office


Please email a maximum two (2) page cover letter addressing your suitability against the ‘person specification’ along with a copy of your CV to

For an informal discussion about the role please email or call 091 778 750.

  • Closing Date for Applications
    9am Monday the 27th of May.