Spirasi Meet The Team

Robert King - Grants Officer


Short Bio

I live in Chapelizod with my partner Ruth.
I have worked in the charity sector for 8 years having previously spent 16 years working in the private sector. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Theory from the Open University.
Outside of work, music is my biggest passion, with my favourite artist’s being The Beatles, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen.
I play social cricket for my local team in Chapelizod.
I am a world/craft beer buff and enjoy finding out about (and tasting) new beers from independent local breweries or about different beer styles from around the world.



What attracted you to your role at Spirasi?

I was attracted to the role initially for 2 reasons
1. The chance to help people who have experienced such trauma.
2. The fact that it is an organisation which has such a good reputation in the sector.


What are the challenges and rewards of your job?

The challenges of my role is that the work is quMy role as a grant officer presents the following challenges
Time: Working on grant application’s or reporting to funders means working to strict deadlines. Sometimes you can multiple deadlines in the same week or month.
Unique pressure: Often the success or failure of a larger grant application can determine a work colleague/s continuation in their role.
The rewards are multiple. Writing a grant application gives you the opportunity to be an advocate for your workmates, their skills and ultimately the people they help.
The role requires you have an understanding of all facets of an organisation and how they operate.
Finally, a successful grant application whether its €500 or €500,000, shows that people understand and appreciate what Spirasi do and in some small way I have played a part in presenting our case.