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Grant Writer


The Root is seeking a contract grant writer who can help us amplify the story of The Root, its programs and why racial justice work is critical. This person is primarily responsible for preparing, writing and managing grant proposals and reports. The Root currently funds its operations through a combination of grants, major donors, individual donations and monthly donors. The Grant Writer will work as part of a team responsible for maintaining, managing, and expanding these sources of funding. This is a temporary position while the organization hires and trains in a Development Director. 

Key Responsibilities:

Grant writing & management

  • Outline and write grant proposals and reports about The Root’s programs for existing and current funders, including philanthropic foundations, corporations, and major donors. 
  • Help manage the organization’s growing grant portfolio, collaborating with team members to ensure on-time submission of all grant materials.
  • Provide excellent editing and proofreading for all grant materials.
  • Work closely with program staff, the interim Executive Director, and Fundraising Committee to develop and translate The Root’s vision into concrete proposals.
  • Work with program staff through interviews and other collaboration to gather insights and report to funders on progress toward grant objectives.
  • Help manage and strengthen relationships with philanthropic partners, following up on information requests, moving funding conversations forward, answering emails promptly, and supporting periodic one-on-one check ins. 
  • Keep grant acknowledgement letters updated and ensure all funder contributions receive timely acknowledgement. 


Project & systems management

  • Work with the Bookkeeper to generate financial reports for grant reporting and new grant applications. 
  • Keep grant information updated and timely (The Root uses Google Drive for collaboration and file storage). 
  • Create and maintain a grant tracking system and calendar, keeping it up to date with all ongoing philanthropy projects, managing and assigning tasks,  and ensuring the team meets all deadlines. 


What We Hope You’ll Bring: 

  • You have at least 2-5 years of experience with grant writing and/or writing compelling narratives in either a philanthropy setting or through other creative story writing. 
  • Experience working with/in organizations led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer and Trans folks, poor & working class folks. 
  • Ability to work with a wide range of identities and communities, including our predominantly white community & donor base, queer & trans partner organizations, family and youth program participants.
  • Self-motivated, able to accomplish goals with little oversight, able to hold self and others accountable to deadlines and work plans.
  • Careful listener with ability to build out reports and proposals from ideas.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with ability and desire to work both as part of a team, and independently. 
  • Detail-oriented, extremely organized, and thrive managing multiple projects.
  • Ability and willingness to follow and manage deadlines, break large tasks into smaller ones, and meet goals in a timely manner.
  • You’re eager to jump in exploring, building, and refining data reports and tools.  
  • Proficient in QuickBooks, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office products.


 About The Root: 

The Root Social Justice Center is a nonprofit organization in southern Vermont led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We are committed to building a movement for racial justice organizing, community advocacy, and working towards a future where BIPOC are safe, visible, connected, and able to heal. We are building communities where BIPOC are organizing for racial justice and have the power to change unjust conditions. 

Over the past year, the organization has gone through big changes and transitions, including moving from collective leadership to having our first interim Executive Director. We are a small and highly collaborative staff that is still in the midst of transitioning into a new team model. The right person for this job will be someone committed to racial justice, relationship building, and creative thinking; someone who is not afraid of change and uncertainty; and wants to build leadership by and for people of color in Vermont.

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