Community Forklift, a growing green business just outside of Washington, DC, is seeking a part-time Grant Writer.
At Community Forklift, you’ll find…
A unique and successful nonprofit dedicated to lifting the community through sustainability, creativity, and economic opportunity. Community Forklift is a reuse warehouse where donated building materials and architectural salvage are made available to neighbors in need, home owners, nonprofits, contractors, and artists at low-cost or for free. We make home repairs affordable, reduce waste, promote reuse, create green jobs, and promote environmental sustainability. We work at the grassroots level to re-resource our communities. It’s a place where the community gathers, learns, and plays together.
Our operation is significantly self-funded through the redistribution and resale of donated materials making charitable work more self-sufficient. As a successful engine for local housing improvement, job creation, and community revitalization, we have won numerous local and national awards. More than the materials, our work is about people – our greatest untapped resource. Reuse finds the hidden value in things and makes them shine again. We do the same with people. We aim to bring out the brilliance and creativity of our staff and our community, lifting us all.
What you’ll be doing…
We seek a part-time professional to perform grant writing for environmental, educational, and capacity-building projects, and general operating support. You will be responsible for communicating our mission and programs to potential funders for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects. You will have a combination of remote and in-office work, as well as occasional off-site meetings.
Analyze the funding needs, gaps, and opportunities of the organization
Research, prepare, and submit grant proposals to local community foundations, and state, federal and corporate sources
Establish and maintain relationships with foundations, governmental entities, and other sources of funding
Manage and maintain a grant management system and calendar to ensure efficiency in grant production, submission, reporting, and record-keeping
Develop a deep understanding of Community Forklift programs, mission, and history and synthesize this information to make the strongest and most persuasive case for funding
Create original copy and perform copy editing for proposals and related materials
Work with staff to develop program materials with realistic outcomes and benchmarks; ensure the ongoing collection of program data, statistics, narrative, and photos
Coordinate with bookkeeper to gather financial information necessary to report to funding sources and develop budgets
Qualities of the perfect candidate…
A strong understanding of nonprofits and local DC foundations
Experience with fundraising prospect research
Proven experience writing proposals to corporate, foundation, and government donors and an understanding of the technical and financial requirements for larger grants
Excellent persuasive writing, analytical, and research skills and experience in writing LOI’s, concept papers, proposals, case statements, and related materials
Ability to develop realistic goals, objectives, measurable outcomes and budgets
Strong editing skills
Self-motivated, detail-oriented, highly organized and able to meet strict deadlines
Ability work well independently and collaboratively, and maintain professionalism and grace under pressure
What we offer…
· A supportive and highly motivated team that will assist you
· A mission worth working for
· Excellent benefit package that includes paid leave, medical, dental and vision insurance, short term disability, matched retirement plan, 50% store discount, and more.
How to apply…
Send a resume, cover letter, writing sample (1 originally written proposal and 1 short letter/proposal), grant writing history, including description/number/funding levels of awarded grants, and three (3) recent professional references to email@example.com. Please, no phone calls.