The Grants Project Lead is a part-time volunteer opportunity that reports directly to the Director of Finance and Fundraising. In this strategic, self-directed position, you will take charge of running grants through from start to finish to secure funding for The Starfish.
In this role, you will:
Research, and determine fit and eligibility for grant funding options.
Connect with the funder to establish and relationship and receive guidance through writing grants.
Adjust grant applications as needed based on the feedback of other leads to ensure the highest quality of writing and timeliness.
Collaborate with the fundraising and leadership team to produce effective strategies in delivering and meeting income targets across a range of revenue streams.
Keep thorough records to track proposals and evaluate the effectiveness of current initiatives and programs while developing and delivering new initiatives that build on their successes.
Provide weekly updates on your progress to the team.
You are a self-starter with excellent time-management and problem-solving abilities who thrives in fast-paced environments, and is comfortable working with analytics. You have strong leadership abilities with the ability to influence others through persuasion and encouragement. You are persistent in seeking information through a variety of strategies and questions, check, and evaluate information sources. You have a keen ability to zoom-in and zoom-out as needed and enjoy going above and beyond.
Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills.
Possesses creative and proficient problem-solving skills.
Passionate about the Earth, youth leadership, and youth empowerment.
Able to collaborate with other team members and connect with new people virtually.
Experience in designing and writing grants and proposals (asset).
Worked or volunteered in a non-profit setting (asset).
Must be able to communicate in English (proficiency in French and other languages is an additional asset).
Completed Undergraduate Degree or Diploma (asset). Will consider combination of experience and education.
OVERVIEW OF THE STARFISH
The Starfish Canada is a registered charity that celebrates young environmental leaders by connecting them with a platform for taking action, telling stories, and connecting with a community of change-makers. Since 2010, we have inspired young Canadians to take leadership roles in their communities and to celebrate their peers contributing to the environmentalism movement and our ever-changing Earth. We do this through three programs:
Online Journal: We match peer editors to writers in the environmental sector. Editors are trained to mentor peers in environment & journalism, then practice learnings by empowering a team of volunteer writers. Those writers are also trained to take technical science, policy and research and turn it into accessible articles for our readers to enjoy.
Community Outreach + Education: We offer multiple workshops, including a debate-style session on the intersectionality of environmentalism, discussing climate change from Western-based science and traditional knowledge perspectives, and a speaker’s bureau where environmental change-makers under the age of 25 discuss their innovations and solutions.
Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists: Through this program, participants receive an award, care packages from environmentally minded businesses, speaking engagement opportunities, media coverage and mentorship by our network of experts. Top 25 award winners leave our program feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to accelerate the positive impacts they have in their local communities.
MORE ABOUT OUR FUND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
If you have ever wanted to make a big impact in the environmental non-profit space, this is the place to do so! Fund development is what keeps our programs and operations afloat. It helps our teams create innovative and resilient programs and ensure our community impact is sustained over time. This work is about:
• Relationship building. People like causes, and they like people, too. You will exercise communication with external partners as you jump on calls with them to understand their funding priorities and interests.
• Project management. We keep each other informed about where we are in the fund development process and ask for support from the team as we need it. We also keep each other accountable for internal and external deadlines.
• Building skills in donor stewardship. It’s not comfortable asking for money sometimes! We’ll teach you some skills, tips and tricks to practice so you can feel more comfortable in conversation with people about funding.
Flexible hours, approx. 6-8 hours / week.
Volunteer must be able to commit to the position for a minimum of 6 months.
Work from home / Remote work.
Volunteer must be located in Canada.
We welcome applicants from all people interested in the role that meet the above requirements, including youth, women, LGBTQ2+ and Black, Indigenous, and people of colour.