The Grant Writer is primarily responsible for developing and writing grant proposals to government entities, foundations and other grant-making organizations, and will persuasively communicate Groundwork Somerville’s mission and programs to potential funders. Reporting to and working with the Executive Director, the Grant Writer will assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts, conduct prospect research, and maintain a calendar of submission, reporting and other deadlines. This position is for a temporary, part-time grant writer, and has been made possible by a specific grant. As such, the precise scheduling, and duration of the position are flexible based on candidate’s availability and preference (e.g. 6 months at 24-hours/week, or 8 month, 18-hour/week, etc.). Total available salary is $15,000.

Ideally, the selected candidate will be able to work some of their weekly hours from the Groundwork Somerville office in order to get to know the staff and programs. Our current funding priorities are focused primarily on operations support to engage a permanent development director, hire a youth leader, and provide competitive wages for full-time program staff.

Responsibilities include

  • Developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations, persuasively communicating the organization’s mission and programs to potential funders;
  • Assembling and submitting grant requests, including letters, proposals, and reports;
  • Ensuring prompt acknowledgement of new grants;
  • Managing timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports;
  • Conducting prospect research;
  • Prioritizing to keep multiple proposals moving in a timely manner and meet deadlines

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful past experience of grant writing and management
  • Existing knowledge of sources of potential funding.
  • Familiarity with youth development, racial equity and environmental advocacy programs and language.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet income goals.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, succinct, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing and research skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, for creating and cultivating donor relationships.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Knowledge of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants
  • Strong contributor in team environments.

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to jobs@groundworksomerville.org in the form of a single PDF file. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Groundwork Somerville is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Groundwork Somerville, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been making change happen in Somerville, Massachusetts since 2000. Through community engagement, environmental and open space improvements, fresh food access, youth education, and employment initiatives, Groundwork creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers residents to improve their quality of life. Groundwork achieves results by engaging the whole community – residents, youth, nonprofits, government and businesses – in the planning and realization of projects. With this collaborative approach, Groundwork ensures that all stakeholders are mutually invested in the outcomes, the key to stable neighborhoods and sustainable change.

Groundwork Somerville’s mission and operations are premised on the understanding that environmental conditions are inextricably linked to the economic and social health of a neighborhood, and that individuals’ health can be directly affected by race and income level. As a consequence, Groundwork is committed to “changing places and changing lives” through on-the-ground projects that help to transform local communities.  Groundwork’s mission is “to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.”

We create jobs, food, green space, and leadership opportunities for environmental justice communities and individuals, through programs that address areas of healthy education, green jobs and sustainable communities. We work with children and teachers in school garden classrooms to connect experiential learning to state curriculum standards, and young people to their environment; we provide jobs and leadership training to low-income and underserved youth in our community; and we are stewards of 31 sites throughout the region, which we maintain, cleanup, and grow food in, including the South Street Farm – Somerville’s first urban farm; the Mystic River; and 10 Garden Classrooms in every elementary school in Somerville.