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Grant Writer


Canal Alliance seeks an experienced individual to prepare and submit grant proposals and reports to foundation,  corporate and government funders. The Grant Writer is a member of an eight-person Development team, which is  responsible for raising over $5.5M toward a $7M+ organization budget.

Proposal and Report Writing

  • Manage proposal writing and reporting schedules for assigned portfolio of funders and communicate these in a timely  manner with development staff, program directors, finance department and funding partners in order to meet  department and funder deadlines
  • Write compelling grant proposals and reports to foundation, government and corporate funders, persuasively communicating the organization\’s mission, programs and impact to renew current and secure potential funders
    Generate and tailor successful letters of intent, proposals, reports and required attachments to comply with individual funder submission requirements
  • Work with department leadership and program directors to create accurate and current narrative content for all grant proposals, letters of inquiry, and reports
  • Work with program and accounting staff to complete accurate grant budgets and financial reports
  • Work with program leadership and evaluation staff to ensure that written materials contain accurate and relevant data, evaluation results and other program information
  • Maintain electronic funder files and Salesforce grants management system records to include all relevant grant-related information from all foundation sources
  • Support the Development Director and Institutional Giving Manager to monitor the annual fundraising plan for foundation, corporate and government revenue
  • Provide monthly reports and others as requested to development director and board of directors on progress toward goals

Development and Donor Communications Writing

  • Maintain and update development documents (i.e. executive summaries, organization history, staff biographies, theories of change, etc.) for use by development and program staff
  • Assist with researching, writing and preparing strategic and development communications including letters to individual funders, case statements, and appeal and campaign materials, etc

Prospect Research

  • Conduct institutional funding research to identify new funding opportunities that align with organizational and program goals


  • Maintain active and positive communication and relationships with Canal Alliance staff
  • Develop and maintain active and positive communication with foundation grant officers

Other Responsibilities

  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

*Our offices have been updated to support staff and client health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates should be very comfortable navigating both hardware and software that allows for smooth in-person and remote communications and transitions. In accordance to public health orders and protocols, this position will operate in a mostly remote capacity, with some in-office requirements. Canal Alliance will supply all needed hardware for this position.


Starting at $74,000 a year. This is a full-time exempt position with benefits. We offer a competitive pay with a benefits package that includes 3 weeks paid vacation a year, 12 days of sick leave a year and 100% paid employee medical & dental insurance. In addition there are 12 paid holidays annually, a 403(b) retirement plan and a Flex cafeteria plan.

Education and Experience

  • Knowledge of Latino, immigrant, and/or low-income communities
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in English, journalism or related field or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Three to five years of grant writing experience
  • Proven track record of fundraising from foundation sources, and in securing new funding opportunities

Qualifications- Skills and Knowledge

  • Craft funding proposals and reports in a clear and persuasive manner
  • Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills
  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly-organized
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Utilize online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information
  • Work with minimal supervision, handle multiple and competing tasks deadlines, and manage demanding situations effectively

Additionally Desired

  • Commitment to social and economic justice
  • Experience with fundraising in a non-profit organization
  • Experience using Salesforce/NGO Connect or similar CRM database
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus

*Candidate must live in California


Canal Alliance
Deion Mason
San Rafael, CA