NSUN is recruiting: Grants Manager (Synergi Programme)

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Recruitment for this post has now ended.

Contract: Funded until March 2025
Salary: £28,000 per year for a 28 hours working week (FTE £35,000)
Hours: 4 days a week. Enquires about flexible working are welcome, although there is a preference that the post-holder can work on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We welcome applications for job shares. If you are interested in applying for the role as a job share, we recommend that you do so together with the person you would share the role with. This is because we very rarely have two single applications for job shares
Location: work from home (NSUN does not have a physical office). Some occasional travel (usually to London or Brighton) for team meetings (travel costs are reimbursed) 
Deadline: 9am, Tuesday 18th October 2022
Interviews: Tuesday 1st or Wednesday 2nd November 2022

About Synergi

Synergi is a programme of work which focuses on the intersection of racial justice and mental health. It had a previous iteration as a knowledge hub, bringing together research and network building.  

In its new iteration it is hosted by NSUN, with a focus on abolitionist responses to mental health and supporting grassroots groups to challenge state violence. In this, there is a lot of scope to experiment, innovate and to try new approaches, as this is a well-resourced programme of activity. 

Synergi has four main workstreams:  

  1. Community Responses to Mental Health – working with grassroots groups to experiment with community-based mental health care 
  2. Supporting Movement Spaces – working with grassroots groups to map local carceral systems that contribute to mental ill health in racialised communities  
  3. Grants Programme – small grants programme redistributing resources to grassroots and user-led groups working on mental health and racial justice  
  4. Festival – a creative culmination of the above three workstreams  

Mental ill health, distress or trauma is often caused by and/or exacerbated by racial injustice and carceral forms of state violence. Our aim is for Synergi to support the work of groups at the frontline of challenging this, and to effectively contribute to building collective memory and power on mental health and abolition.  

About the role

Synergi will be running an exciting annual grants programme to deliver grants totalling around £130,000 over each of the next three years to grassroots and user-led groups working on mental health and racial justice. This is a new grants programme so as the Grants Manager you will have the opportunity to help us develop the fund and shape its direction. 

This role will be integral to the new phase of Synergi’s work, and will involve shifting resources and power to: 

  1. resource groups with lived experience of mental ill health to support and develop their work 
  2. help to connect these groups working at a grassroots level to strengthen wider movements for radical change 
  3. work towards a more equitable redistribution of resources and power 

With the support the Synergi Directors and other NSUN staff, in the first three months you will lead on delivering our first funding round, following which you will provide light-touch support to our grantees as they deliver their work. This work will use existing frameworks from NSUN’s previous experiences of grant-making. After this, you will work with the Synergi Directors to strengthen the grants programme for delivery in future years, and draw on learning from other radical grant-makers. 

We would particularly welcome applications from individuals from marginalised or racialised communities.  

Job description and person specification


The application form and equality and diversity monitoring form must be completed and returned to info@nsun.org.uk by 9am on Tuesday 18th October 2022.

Please note that we do not accept CVs/cover letters. Please make sure that all the information about your skills and experience is included in the application form. We recommend you use the full two pages allowed in the “supporting information” section in the application form to explain how you meet each of the points in the person specification.

Please contact us at info@nsun.org.uk if you need these materials in a different format or any other support in making an application.