23 Jan


To enable the development and delivery of The Ordinalia in 2025 the St Just and District Trust CIO (Charity number 1168852) are offering a rewarding short-term opportunity for an experienced and skilled freelance bid writer to support us in finding project costs.

This is building on previous successful funding bids to Arts Council England and a range of other smaller funders.  A bid to Cornwall Council’s Good Growth Fund https://ciosgoodgrowth.com/ was made in early 2023, but was unsuccessful. The full application including budgets and cashflow is available on request, As is the successful ACE application from 2020. 

We need to raise £250,00 in total by the end of August 2025 at the latest. 

We are looking for someone with a proven track record of writing successful bids. 

As Bid Writer, you will be responsible for researching, writing, and submitting compelling grant proposals to Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery. 

You will track and monitor the progress of submitted proposals and provide timely and accurate reports to funders as required. You will cultivate and maintain positive relationships with funders and relevant stakeholders.

You'll be working from home with regular meetings with the fundraising sub committee of the Ordinalia steering group (these could be via Zoom). 

The fee for this role is £7,000. 

Job Description:

  • Working closely with the Ordinalia fundraising sub-committee to plan and deliver high-quality proposals within agreed deadlines.
  • Independently managing bid submissions to deadlines.
  • Planning the writing of high-quality bids, ensuring compliance with bid requirements.
  • Providing regular updates for the Ordinalia fundraising sub-committee.

Essential requirements:

  • Experience in writing winning funding bids.
  • Clear, succinct, and positive writing style; excellent grammar and editing skills.
  • Experience of prioritising workload when managing multiple tasks.
  • Organised and disciplined approach, detail-oriented, ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (especially Excel, Word, and Outlook).
  • Excellent communication skills.

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a proposal outlining how you many days you would allocate to this task.

Also, please provide details of your track record of fundraising; your availability and 2 referees.

Please send you application to recruitment@stjustordinalia.com by the closing date of 9th February 2023.

Shortlisted candidates may be invited for interview in person on 23rd February if required.

If you wish to discuss the opportunity before making an application, please contact kevin@perfect-moment.co.uk

About St Just Ordinalia:

The three Ordinalia plays are the oldest surviving trilogy of plays in Great Britain, comprising 'Creation of the World', the ‘Passion’, and the Resurrection. The plays were designed to be played in a round amphitheatre known as a Plen a Gwari (Playing Place) of which St Just has one of the two remaining operative ones. It is the oldest working amphitheatre in Great Britain.

In 2000, with a Millennium Festival grant, the St Just Ordinalia Company, made up of members of the community, did productions of Origo Mundi, followed by the Passion in 2001 and The Resurrection in 2002. In 2004 they uniquely performed the full cycle of Ordinalia plays.

Seventeen years later, in September 2021 the St Just Ordinalia Company performed the complete trilogy in St Just Plan an Gwari , which is the oldest working amphitheatre in the country, involving 248 volunteers as cast and crew and attracting an audience of nearly 6,000 people to 15 performance.

It was a unique, uplifting and spectacular experience.

Our ambition is to perform the trilogy in  September 2025 and every 4 to 5 years thereafter, giving the Cornish Ordinalia the importance it deserves in the Cornish and indeed UK cultural calendar.

More information can be found at www.stjustordinalia.com and our Instagram page @stjustordinalia