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Independent Contract Grant Writer

Company: Education Foundation of Ottawa
Date Posted: May 18, 2017

The Education Foundation of Ottawa ( is currently seeking a Grant Writer to assist with research, development and submission of proposals to help expand our programs that positively impact disadvantaged students in need. Special emphasis in this position will be placed on finding grants to support food security, specialized programs, extracurricular funding amongst other needs. The Grant Writer is primarily responsible for developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations and will persuasively communicate our mission and programs to potential funders. This includes researching, compiling, writing and editing grant applications.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Grant Writer will assemble and submit grant requests, establish relationships with foundations, conduct prospect research and maintain/report on a calendar of submissions and other deadlines. This is a fast-paced position with high volume expectations over a relatively short period of time.


Must have a degree in communications, English, professional writing or a similar. Outstanding grammar and research skills are essential. Other expectations include:

  • Conducts research on potential funding sources, such as corporate, family and charitable foundations
  • Works closely with staff in developing and transforming ideas into grant proposals
  • Developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations according to guidelines; complies with all follow-up grants reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors
  • Assembling and submitting grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets and presentations
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with foundation contacts and program officers
  • Ensuring prompt acknowledgement of foundation gifts
  • Prioritizing projects to keep multiple proposals moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals
  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Works with and provides activity reports to the Foundations Executive Director to identify and conduct prospect research on foundations and corporations for potential grant requests of support


  • Excellent writing, analytical and research skills are essential
  • Candidates must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, highly-organized and have experience using online databases
  • Candidates must possess an ability to work well under pressure and the ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form
  • A solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants
  • Minimum 3-5 years of relevant experience are required
  • Non-profit fundraising experience is required
  • Proven proficiency of professional writing experience including successful proposals to institutional donors, grant writing or other technical writing experience

SUBMISSION The Grant Writer reports directly to the Executive Director. Please submit your cover letter and resume, along with remuneration expectations, to Chris McGarvey, Executive Director, at no later than Friday, June 9, 2017.


About The Education Foundation of Ottawa

The Education Foundation of Ottawa (EFO) is an independent, registered charity established in 2005 which raises and grants funds to support the needs of students within the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB).

The OCDSB has an enrollment of approximately 70,000 students in 149 elementary, secondary and specialty schools. We are a poverty charity that helps to bridge the gap for challenged disadvantaged students – our mission is to remove economic barriers and empower all students to be successful in their educational endeavours.

We help by providing food, clothing and emergency medication to students that live at or below the poverty line. We ensure that children have snacks throughout the day and that they have the tools needed in class to learn and prosper.

Additionally, the EFO works with donors to enhance the educational experience of young learners. We support participation in athletics, the arts and other extra-curricular activities. We want to help student s feel equal to their peers by giving them opportunities they may not otherwise have as well as ensuring that every student is on a level playing field and has the tools they require to learn and succeed.

While we know that there are many family needs, our mandate is to fund individual students, not entire classes. We also know that poverty knows no geographic boundaries and that there is need in every school in every community.