Funding Assistant


SHRUB Coop is a community-led cooperative based in Edinburgh, it’s grown from an idea into an exciting community hub for sustainable living. Our vision is of a world without waste. The SHRUB is funded through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, Zero Waste Scotland and the European Regional Development Fund.

We’ve put loads of love into our spaces on Guthrie Street and Bread Street and it’s looking and running better than ever, offering hundreds of creative reuse and repair workshops and enabling you to reduce your waste by swapping things you don’t need for things you do.

A well-organised funding plan will provide the current and future projects within SHRUB Cooperative with the help they need. Funding volunteers have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills (more details below) and extend their experience base. We are looking for people interested in learning new skills in fundraising to become Funding Assistants, working alongside more experienced Fundraisers – you can apply for either and we can determine what activities best suit you.

The funding subgroup is a part of the Finance and Admin Working Group.

Funding Assistant tasks can include:

  • Creating a funding relationship database
  • Identifying funding opportunities
  • Helping manage current and potential funder relationships, including organising meetings and events
  • Helping write funding applications
  • Helping coordinate with other members of SHRUB Coop, including SHRUB Trustees, and external organisations to increase overall knowledge on funding within the organisation
  • Maintaining associated process documents and guides

Skills, experience and attitude needed:

  • Keen interest in funding and charities / social enterprise
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • A friendly, polite and respectful attitude towards other volunteers

Benefits to the volunteer:

  • Develop experience in funding and fundraising & contacts within the industry
  • References provided
  • Access to training courses relating to the role

Practical Details

  • Where: Shrub Coop, on 13 Guthrie Street (EH1 1JG)
  • When: depends on the volunteer
  • Hours per week: approximately 3
  • Monthly meetings: we meet on Thursday fortnightly
  • Development opportunities and/or training offered
  • Support offered

How to Apply

  • Send an email to:
  • What happens next
    • We’ll invite you to an induction followed by an funding specific briefing

If you have any questions about the role, don’t hesitate to get in touch at Siri (email above) or Alex at