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Grant Writer

Starting Date July 2020

Organization Overview

Employ to Empower (ETE) supports residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) community by providing access to development and entrepreneurial resources. Our resources include affordable microloans and business mentorship, with the goal of having a long-term impact on our members’ personal and economic well-being. We also actively advocate for creating positive social change in the DTES.

Position Description

Title Description: Grant Writer
Reporting To: Christina Wong, Executive Director
Location: Virtual
Desired Start Date: July 2020 (Minimum 1-year commitment)
Commitment: 10-15 hours per month
Position Type: Volunteer

Position Summary

You will be responsible for developing and writing grant proposals to grant-making organizations and will persuasively communicate ETE’s mission and programs to potential funders. This position requires someone who has excellent research, writing, and communication skills are self-motivated, reliable, organized, thorough, and timely.

Key Accountabilities

  • Work with team to develop and implement an annual development plan/strategy to increase annual grant income
  • Develop/write grant proposals to foundations and grant-making organizations, persuasively communicating organization’s mission and programs to potential funders
  • Assemble/submit grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations
  • Conduct prospect research
  • Report progress in grant research, grant submission, and outcome to ETE’s leadership


  • Compassionate and cares deeply for the DTES community
  • 2+ years of experience in grant writing
  • 2+ years of experience volunteering/working in the DTES
  • Self-starter, curious by nature and keen appetite to learn and figure new concepts/ideas out through research
  • Strong interpersonal skills and high relational empathy
  • Ability to prioritize, lead and balance multiple projects at once and meet goals
  • Strong ability to tolerate chaos and thrive in it
  • Immensely strong communication on email, phone, and text
  • Demonstrates strong ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally
  • High degree of patience, compassion positivity and enthusiasm with an ability to exercise initiative, tact,d and discretion
  • Punctual
  • Strong and confident leadership
  • Ability to work as a team and individually


  • Must be enrolled in post-secondary education and have completed, or be in the process of completing, a degree related to Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, English and/or Communications.

Application Procedure

E-mail cover letter and resume to