Grant Writer Volunteer

About the Role: 

The Disability Foundation is looking to put together a team of 4 – 6 volunteer Grant Writers. We are seeking driven, creative, and organized individuals to help us complete upcoming grant applications for the Foundation and it’s 6 affiliated Societies. The Grant Writers will assist with prospect research, establishing and maintaining relationships with grant contacts, and assembling and submitting grants to governments, foundations, and corporations.  

Estimated Time Commitment

  • 5 – 10 hours (2 days) per week. Remote work.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Work within the dynamic and fast-paced Development team to grow grant revenue. 
  • Conduct prospect research and collect data to support applications. 
  • Establish and maintain relationships with an array of grant contacts. 
  • Collaborate with various departments in the application process to ensure successful grant awards and grant compliance. 
  • Assemble supportive documents (letters, budgets, presentations) for grant submissions. 
  • Design and write grant proposals with persuasive and grammatically correct communication. 
  • Manage the proposal submission process to ensure timely submission of all required materials. 
  • Record research, submissions, and hours worked (we use SalesForce to track efforts). 
  • Report progress on a bi-weekly basis to the Development team. 


  • Experienced grant writing and academic writing and research skills preferred. 
  • Interest or knowledge of fund development principles and public relations. 
  • Detail-oriented, organized, deadline-driven, and excellent at editing. 
  • Clear, precise, and compelling writing skills. 
  • Able to effectively and persuasively communicate. 
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently under pressure with multiple deadlines. 
  • High proficiency in all areas of Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 
  • Must be able to represent our organization courteously in written/verbal communication with internal/external stakeholders while communicating needs and problems. 
  • Possess a positive attitude, and willingness to be coached. 
  • Must have a Criminal Record Check/ Vulnerable Sector and references. 


  • Hands on grant writing experience in the not-for-profit industry. 
  • Tangible fundraising results to place on your resume. 
  • Development of communications, copywriting, program proposals, and budgeting skills. 
  • Expansion of your professional network (connections with funders, partners, and colleagues). 
  • Valuable orientation and grant training sessions to set you up for success. 
  • Deepen your understanding of the disability community. 
  • Help people with disabilities and make a social impact. 
  • Flexible schedule, and able to work wherever you want! 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Sheryl Newman, Volunteer Management Coordinator, at 

We thank all volunteer applicants; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. 

The Disability Foundation and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with work environments free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at the Disability Foundation are based on business needs, job requirements, applicant qualifications, and laws protecting the vulnerable sector, without regard to race, colour, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, or cognitive disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.