Request for Proposals: Grant Writing

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RFP Posted: April 2, 2020

Responses Due:  Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and those submitted by April 30, 2020 will be given priority.  Please reach out with questions.

Submit proposals via email to scarlett@allianceforyouthorganizing.org with subject line “Grant Writing Proposal”
Send any questions to: scarlett@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

Timing: Hours on contracted work will fluctuate as necessary.

Budget: Up for discussion. We’re open to a set monthly rate or set up hourly/daily billing with a  $50,000 cap on billing for the contract.

Location: Remote. 

OVERVIEW

The Alliance for Youth Organizing (and our sister 501c4 organization the Alliance for Youth Action), a youth-driven social justice-loving national non-profit, requests proposals for an experienced grant writer to provide grant writing and reporting services and proposal/application support to the organization as an independent contractor.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

The Alliance for Youth Organizing and its sister organization the Alliance for Youth Action are youth-driven nonprofit networks that support state based organizations all over the country in their grassroots organizing and advocacy work. 

The Alliance convenes, supports, and scales a national network of youth-led, locally rooted organizations growing civic engagement and social justice coast to coast. We truly are a multiracial network “of young people, by young people, for all people.” Our Affiliates and Partners run massive voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, train new young leaders, and run powerful campaigns to win on the progressive issues our generation cares about most. Our national team empowers this work by tracking down national resources for the network, building capacity for local groups, seeding new efforts, and coordinating national issue campaigns.

SCOPE OF WORK

The Alliance for Youth Organizing and the Alliance for Youth Action have grown considerably in recent years. In both FY 2018 and 2019, we nearly doubled our budget and revenue from prior years bringing in over $4-6 million each year. In 2020, a historic election year in which the youth vote will be critical to deciding our country’s future, we are working to raise towards our largest budget and program yet. This consultant will add crucial grant writing capacity to the Alliance’s already strong development team. The Alliance’s growing development portfolio primarily consists of grants from private charitable foundations and family foundations, as well as some major individual and corporate contributions. 

The contracted work will include grant proposal/application writing for renewals of our existing grants, proposal development for new sources of funding, and grant report development. These responsibilities include:

Preparation. The Alliance Development Team will delegate grant RFPs and renewal applications as we receive them. Once a grant opportunity is identified, it will be the responsibility of the selected consultant to provide an estimated number of hours required for grant application preparation as well as preparing a timeline and chart of tasks for each grant.

Grant Writing. The selected consultant will be responsible for writing all sections of grant applications. The Alliance Development Team will collect and provide all the necessary information for inclusion in each grant application. Provided materials include, but are not limited to, an up-to-date general proposal, Alliance grant language repository, and examples of previous successful grant applications. 

Grant Preparation. Compile all required attachments for grant applications and prepare the grant to be ready for submission (i.e. proofreading, copyediting) in a timely manner.

Grant Reporting. Work with Alliance Development Team to identify grant reporting requirements to complete and submit reports with all required attachments on behalf of the Alliance in a timely manner. The Alliance Development Team will collect and provide all the necessary information for grant reporting, including but not limited to, an up-to-date general report, Alliance grant language repository, and financial attachments. 

In addition, we expect the selected consultant to:

Maintain consistent and clear communication with the Development Team about all grant requirements and deadlines.

Update and maintain grant templates and materials.

Keep professional and confidential management of grant records, organizational documents, and data.

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

Proven grant writing experience required. Three (3) years of experience preferred.

Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work cooperatively with the Alliance Development Team and organizational leadership to prepare grants.

Track record of working with diverse stakeholders, a desire to lift up leadership of young people of color, and a personal understanding and commitment to social justice and equity.

Previous experience working in the national philanthropic landscape is preferred.

Previous personal or professional experiences in youth organizing or political campaigns is a plus. 

PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR PROPOSAL:

Overview of your practice (organization, company, independent work, etc.), including a brief introduction to you/your team

Resume detailing your experience in writing and submitting grants (private foundation, corporate, government, etc.)

Overview of how you would approach addressing the needs outlined in this RFP

A minimum of one (1) excerpt from a successful grant written by the applicant that is representative of their writing style. The excerpt should not exceed 5 pages and should not contain any confidential or proprietary information

Proposed budget 

A minimum of two (2) references from clients where the applicant has successfully performed similar work