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BRAEMAR CASTLE

Capital Appeal Fundraising Officer (P/T)

Application Deadline: Monday 15th April 2019
Braemar Castle seeks to appoint a Fundraising Officer for an initial 9 month period as it looks to secure the final £500,000 needed to carry at an ambitious £1.5m renovation programme.

With the support of the Projects & Fundraising Manager, the post will principally focus on researching and writing fundraising applications to a wide range of Trusts, Foundations & Statutory Funders. If based locally to Braemar Castle there will also be an opportunity to get involved in Community Fundraising and Event activities.

Braemar Community Ltd
Braemar Community Ltd (BCL) is a company and registered charity formed in 2004 with the following objectives:
• To advance community development
• To advance education of the natural and built environment
• To advance conservation and protection of the natural environment, and the preservation of buildings or sites of architectural or historic importance
• To provide, or assist in providing, recreational facilities, and recreational activities, which will be available to all.

BCL has initiated, managed and delivered a range of community focussed projects over the past 14 years. The restoration and operation of Braemar Castle continues to be BCL’s largest project.

Braemar Castle
Braemar Castle was leased from Invercauld Estate in 2007 on a 50-year repairing lease. The roof was leaking, the chimneys were precarious and most of the contents had been sold off. With huge community support and enormous effort, the Castle was refurbished and made ready to re-open as a Visitor Attraction in 2008. Since November 2011, BCL has raised almost £500,000 which has financed the repair of the roof and chimneys and provided basic upgrades.

Now in its tenth year of operation under BCL management, with a wide-ranging programme of activities and events, Braemar Castle is a popular visitor attraction and much appreciated local community asset welcoming more than 13,000 visits per annum, up from 4,500 since it first re-opened in 2008.

The Redevelopment Project
The past ten years have been a story of real success however the Castle now finds itself at the limits of its current capacity facing a threat of decline if investment is not made. Heritage consultants have now advised that urgent repairs to the A Listed building are required for conservation and safety reasons. At the same time, development and improvement of the visitor experience is necessary to safeguard the long-term sustainability of the Castle’s operation. The valuable benefits it provides for the local community through the activities it delivers and the jobs and training it provides must continue.

This next stage of development is an ambitious redevelopment project that will not only conserve and protect the Grade A Listed Castle, but will transform the heritage and attraction bringing more visitors and offering enhanced engagement opportunities, for visitors and locals alike. Heritage Lottery Fund & Historic Environment Scotland are considering contributions that will take our secured funds to £1m. This post will help secure the final £500k.

Key project objectives are as follows:
• To protect and preserve the A Listed Braemar Castle
• To grow visit numbers and visitor satisfaction to a sustainable level for the long-term viability of the Castle as a visitor attraction
• ·To reach and establish relationships with new partners and audiences sharing the Castle’s heritage and the benefits of engagement amongst a more diverse range of audiences
• To enhance capacity and organisational resilience such that the management of the Castle is secure over the long-term
• To provide volunteering, skills development and employment opportunities
• To work with other attractions and service providers to draw new audiences to Braemar
• To offer engagement opportunities for the local community to enhance the sense of pride and ownership felt towards the Castle

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
The main purpose of the role will be to support the Projects & Fundraising Manager in the research and submission of a number of small and large fundraising applications to secure the final £500,000 needed to commence this project.

The role will involve a mix of desk-based research, managing communications with funders, face-to-face meetings and pulling together the necessary information to write successful fundraising applications.

A proportion of our fundraising efforts will be focussed on Community & Events Fundraising and there will be opportunities to support this work.

Attached File: Fundraising Officer.docx
Web Link: http://www.braemarcastle.co.uk
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