The Dunoon High Kirk – Community Redevelopment Project is seeking to hire a freelance fundraiser. 


To research and identify capital and revenue funding for the regeneration of Dunoon High Kirk into a multi-purpose facility for use by the church with wider benefits to include facilities for the whole community

Initial 6 Month contract based on flexible working arrangements with an attractive daily rate of pay

For  full details and a detailed job description please email: [email protected]



The High Kirk

The High Kirk is a Grade B Listed building with a history dating back to the 13th century with the current building serving the community since 1817. It is situated within a conservation area of the town and has been identified as a feature of “special architectural and historical interest” by the Dunoon Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) which is an initiative partially funded by Historic Environment Scotland.

The building has adapted to change throughout its existence, and as a major landmark in the town of Dunoon, this iconic building holds prominence and presence, both physically and emotionally with the townspeople and visitors. As the local churches unite to form the new congregation of The Cowal Kirk, the High Kirk Project seeks to “future proof” this iconic building for the benefit of the community.


The High Kirk Project

This is an amibitious project: to convert the current building into a multi-purpose facility with the main objective to deliver the Mission Plan of the united congregation of the Cowal Kirk, with focus on providing a youth facility and base for eXp (the Cowal churches’ youthwork programme) and to provide facilities to support the most vulnerable in our society through the work of the Food Bank and Hub Grub. However, as a multi-purpose facility there is scope for other community benefits.

The Project group recognises that the next stage is to identify potential funding sources and seeks to appoint a freelance Fundraiser for this task.


The Position

The High Kirk Project Group are looking to recruit a freelance Fundraiser with flexible working conditions based on a daily rate in the region of £200 per day (average of 2 – 3 days per week). The role will be to research and identify potential grant aid, funding partners and income streams, and it is expected that this would be achieved within a 6 month period. Architectural plans and designs are in place, so the Fundraiser’s main objective will be to develop a funding package to allow the plans to be brought to fruition.

We are therefore looking for candidates who can demonstrate a strong track record in fundraising. Although initially advertised as a 6 month post, there is scope for the successful candidate to take the project to the next stage of fundraising, should the initial results show feasibility and viability of the project.

Key Areas of Responsibility

• Identify potential capital funding for the project
• Identify regeneration funding to take forward the proposed development
• Identify potential revenue funding for the delivery of the project objectives
• Work with key partners to identify and follow up on potential funding sources

Key Qualities

• Previous experience of supporting community heritage activities
• Previous experience of successful funding applications to major funders e.g. Lottery Heritage Fund etc.
• Self-driven and motivated with good communication skills
• Ability to provide reports/updates to the Project committee on a regular basis

Suitable candidates are invited to apply with a CV and covering letter, outlining their skills and experience for the role. Please note shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview and will be asked to make a presentation to representatives of the High Kirk Project Group.

In the first instance candidates should apply BY EMAIL TO: [email protected]


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