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Role: Grant Programme Manager
Location: Based in Harlow with a Hybrid working arrangement
£50k – £54k

Purpose of the role

To manage a portfolio of grant programmes aimed at enhancing the lives of disabled people with appropriate transport solutions.

Key Accountabilities

Programme Management

  • Ownership of a portfolio of grant programmes and acting as the central point of contact for individual programmes across the Charity.
  • Working with colleagues across the Charity to ensure that our grant programmes maximise the difference made to the lives of disabled people.
  • Develop and drive forward the long-term strategy for individual programmes in line with the charity’s strategy, financial forecasts and evaluate success.
  • Manage the budget for individual grant programmes, ensuring that the best use is made of charitable funds.
  • Work with colleagues to raise awareness of our grant programmes in line with operational capacity and available funds.
  • Ensure grant programmes comply with all necessary regulations and guidance, including full GDPR compliance.

Programme Development

  • Work with the Performance and Engagement team to ensure that the programmes remain relevant and well targeted, as the external environment and our subject matter understanding mature.
  • Regularly evaluate grant programmes to identify ways in which the programme can be continuously improved to maximise the impact it is having on beneficiaries.
  • Ensure that all programmes have a robust set of documentation, including policy, procedures, delegated authority, risk register and due diligence etc.
  • Maintain awareness of grant programme and charity best practice, to ensure a continuous improvement of all programmes.
  • Develop and lead pilot projects or programmes when required.

Complex Solutions

  • Manage complex Grant Programmes, covering but not limited to:
    • Complex Driving Solutions;
    • Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles; and
    • Complex Passenger Solutions
  • Provide support and guidance to operational teams on individual cases or escalated applicant complaints when required.
  • Manage the ongoing monitoring of grant programmes to ensure that the objectives of the grant are achieved within agreed timescales and budgets.
  • Work closely with the operational teams to ensure that grant awards made to individual beneficiaries are in-line with the agreed grant programme policy and budget.
  • Ensure operational teams are kept up-to-date with any changes, support expertiseand knowledge development per individual grant programmes.
  • Manage the relationships with key internal and external stakeholders involved in the delivery of your allocated grant programmes.

Experience and Track Record


  • Grant programme management in a charitable organisation or equivalent demonstrable relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of vehicles, conversions and adaptions.


  • Experience working in a grant-making charity.
  • Experience of multi-year grant programmes.
  • Previous exposure to mobility challenges.
  • Experience of the disability sector (including hidden disabilities).

Capabilities Profile – Technical Skills/Knowledge


  • Strong demonstrable programme management capability.
  • Knowledge of grant-funding mechanisms.


  • Knowledge of CRM systems.
  • Knowledge of disabilities (hidden and visible) and related benefit schemes.

Capabilities Profile – Leadership, Management or Personal Skills/Knowledge


  • A passion to make a difference to our beneficiaries.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with a high attention to detail.
  • Strong presentation skills to a range of audiences, including external stakeholders, employees and Executive Board.
  • Strong team player, able to work across multiple disciplines with both internal and external stakeholders in a consultative and inclusive way.
  • A strong and demonstrable commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.

Direct Reports

  • Potential to manage or provide support to Grant Managers.
  • Act as a role model of Motability’s values and behaviours, championing a culture where all individuals are treated with respect and fairness.

Reporting line

Reports to: Head of Grant Programmes, Charitable Operations.

Key Interfaces:

  • Internal stakeholders, potentially including:
    • Performance and Engagement, in particular the Innovation Team and Impact and Evaluation team
    • Operation teams
    • Operational Business Support team
    • Communications team
    • Finance team
  • External stakeholders potentially including:
    • Motability Operations (MO)
    • Beneficiaries
    • Vehicle converters and adapters
    • Other charities working to support transport options for disabled beneficiaries.

Resources, scale and scope of role, location and any travel factors:

The role is based In Harlow, Essex at Motability’s offices. Some travel may be required for training and off-site meetings. A blended working arrangement may factor in the role, to be agreed with the Head of Grant Programmes and Director of Charitable Operations.

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