The primary goal of the Grants and Proposal Writer is to maximize Melwood’s funding opportunities from government sources (federal, state and local) corporations and foundation through ongoing prospective donor identification and research, donor profile development, and proposal writing.
Key Responsibilities include, but not limited to,
Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of Melwood’s financial needs, which could be met through various funding opportunities.
Collaborates with leadership and other Melwood division/departments to develop and articulate compelling, clear and measurable cases seeking support of governmental agencies, corporations, foundations, and individual donors.
Researches and writes “position papers” or “case for support” articulating a particular need for funding.
Develops and manages a diversified network of funding organizations.
Monitors fundraising trends and governmental policies, and conducts ongoing research to determine the availability of governmental funds and the strongest prospects for funding opportunities.
Take primary responsibility in responding to RFPs and writing professional and compelling grants, proposals, letters of inquiry, applications, and other matters related to funding requests.
Works in cooperation with the Finance Department, which will have primary responsibility for grants management; and ensures internal grants management.
Assists with other research and writing assignments, as assigned, in areas such as advocacy or public relations.
Meet with funders and prospects to cultivate and steward relationships.Attend applicable events including, but not limited to, potential funder and legislative event to elevate public awareness/relations.
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, professional writing or other relevant field. Possesses at least five (5) years of professional experience in grant writing. Demonstrated exceptional grammar and research skills are essential.
Knowledge of the differing ability field and certification in grant writing or nonprofit management is a plus, but not required.
Must have a valid driver’s license with clean driving record, as driving is required.
Melwood envisions a world where people with differing abilities are fully included. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization offering job training, employment, community living, recreation opportunities and life skills to more than 1900 people with developmental disabilities in the Washington, DC area. Melwood operates a training center graduating approximately 100 workers with differing abi...lities each year, and employs approximately 900 people with differing abilities at more than 40 work sites in the National Capital area. Our 108-acre retreat and camp enhances our mission of empowering people with differing abilities to enrich their lives.