Volunteer Opportunity

Grant Writer

Posted by
Helpful Engineering
Sylvania, OH
Published 11 days ago

Helpful Engineering is seeking a Grant Writer to volunteer to help fight COVID!

This is a volunteer position (we do not offer compensation). Helpful Engineering volunteers work with amazing worldwide team members in a dynamic fast-moving environment. It is also a great opportunity to build your skills and resume. Come join us!

About Helpful Engineering

Helpful Engineering is an international, open-source community incubator focused on mobilizing people to help solve the Covid-19 pandemic and other critical issues. With thousands of volunteers worldwide, we support projects through innovations in engineering, community resources, software, and manufacturing. Most of the projects are focused on finding solutions to fix the lack of products used by healthcare professionals, including hardware and software, but also non-technical products like surgical masks.

We have engineers and doctors all around the world who are producing ventilators, protective equipment, websites, and systems to organize volunteers to assist their communities and medical workers. They are making heroic efforts to produce products in time to help the outbreak.

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Volunteer Position Description & Responsibilities

Helpful Engineering is looking for a bright, experienced individual to join our team as a Grant Writer. This is a fully remote position. In addition to researching and writing grant proposals on behalf of Helpful, this position will assist in every aspect of the grant lifecycle - from maintaining the grants calendar to monitoring the application process and tracking various deadlines.

Responsible for drafting and submitting Letters of Inquiry for foundation, corporate, and government grants; drafting language for proposals and reports. Updating progress in grant Tracker. Requests will be for both general operating support as well as program and project-specific requests.


Key responsibilities:

●     Draft and submit Letters of Inquiry and proposals as requested by the Director of Development and CEO

●     Assist Director of Development with gathering supporting documents and attachments for proposals

●     Edit and proofread content

●     Perform prospect research on new foundation, corporate and government grant opportunities

●     Assist with other development and communications as necessary and able

●     Research potential new foundation and corporate funding sources that align with Helpful’s program areas and mission

●     Help maintain a schedule of upcoming letters of intent (LOI), grant applications, and reporting deadlines and tasks.

●     Work with Director of Development and Director of Organizational support to determine the priority of grant proposals to be written.

●     Write concise, clear, and persuasive fundraising materials, including drafting of letters of inquiry (LOI), proposals, and reports for foundation and corporate funding sources;

●     Review, edit, and finalize each document for submission on a timely basis;

●     Research and collect data and study findings to support grant proposals and reports. Special attention should be made in checking for completeness against grant instructions, spelling, grammar, and style; and to ensure compliance and regulatory requirements.

●     Respond to inquiries from funders and programs strategically and in a timely manner based on guidance of the Director of Development

●     Reviews, summarizes, and tracks data on grant awards received in database and file formats. Prepares timely acknowledgment letters and accurate reporting.

●     Oversee and track all grant milestones including, but not limited to; proposals in development, proposals submitted to funders, proposals that have been issued or canceled, deliverable deadlines, communication, and awards, in donor tracking software, ensuring that all content is complete and up to date at all times.



●     BA or equivalent experience; preferably in a liberal arts, social science, or other writing-heavy subject.

●     Minimum two years of related experience/skills preferred (outstanding applicants with other relevant experience/skills such as journalism, project management, and/or academic research will be considered).

●     Excellent written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals quickly to meet internal and external deadlines

●     Strong editing and proofreading skills

●     Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.

●     Ability to work well independently.

●     Ability to interpret complex grant funding requirements, submissions, and budget projections.

●     Ability to prioritize, organize, manage multiple tasks to meet specific deadlines, and readjust priorities as changes happen.

●     Strong attention to detail.

●     Good organizational skills and follow-through.

●     Ability to manage deadlines, multiple projects, and competing priorities.

●     Demonstrated ability to write clear, compelling proposals that resulted in funding.

●     Understand and use data in assessing program outcomes.


Our organization is organic, transparent, and follows the principles of open source and effective altruism. Helpful Engineering expects all volunteers to adopt a professional attitude and be respectful of their fellow volunteers, which includes politeness, punctuality, giving notice, and communicating openly and transparently their work and progresses.


Helpful Engineering is seeking a Grant Writer to volunteer to help fight COVID!

This is a volunteer position (we do not offer compensation). Helpful Engineering volunteers work with amazing worldwide team members in a dynamic fast-moving…

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Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
5745 Post Office Way, Sylvania, OH 43560, USA

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