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Temporary Freelance Grant Writer (Los Angeles)
September 20, 2021 at 10:54 am

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Temporary Freelance Grant Writer

Hourly rate: $40/hr – $60/hr, depending on experience
Benefits: None
Type: Part-time, 15 – 25 hours per week, variable
Time period: October 2021 – January 2022
Reports to: Associate Program Director

Organizational Background:

Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization with over 900,000 members. Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. For more than 20 years, Equality California has been fighting for full, lived LGBTQ+ equality in a number of ways: electing pro-equality leaders up and down the ballot; passing pro-equality legislation in California, Nevada and Washington, DC; and fighting for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice in the courtroom.

Equality California Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that has a parallel mission to Equality California, its 501(c)(4) counterpart. Equality California Institute works to achieve full, lived LGBTQ+ equality by reducing disparities in LGBTQ+ health and well-being, developing a pipeline of LGBTQ+ leaders and increasing civic participation within the LGBTQ+ community.

Position Overview:

The Temporary Freelance Grant Writer will support grant fundraising strategies for the final quarter of 2021, and into early 2022. The Temporary Freelance Grant Writer will support the Associate Program Director in identifying, developing, writing, and submitting grant proposals and reports that meet the organization’s financial targets. This position will require excellent oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidate will have particular expertise in writing state and federal grants.

Candidates should have a proven track record for writing successful grant proposals, including for state and federal funding opportunities, and have familiarity with foundations’ giving priorities.


1. Developing, writing, and submitting grant proposals and reports that align with Equality California Institute’s fundraising goals. This work includes:

  • Follow grant application deadlines and requirements.
  • Answer grant applications thoroughly and in Equality California Institute’s voice.
  • Carefully follow application submission directions. Prepare and compile all the components of each grant submission, including preparing grant budgets that align with Equality California Institute funding objectives, and ensuring that the proposals are formatted, packaged, and submitted in accordance with the funder’s directions.
  • Adhere to approval protocols, getting feedback and incorporating edits from the appropriate directors.
  • Prepare final grant report narratives with assistance from the Program Department.

2. Researching foundations, corporate foundations, and government agencies to identify funding opportunities:

  • Utilize Foundation Center and other foundation research tools to inform strategy.
  • Compile research and useful information on foundations and government funding opportunities, for review by the Associate Program Director and the directors.
  • Submit grant applications and/or customized proposals for identified opportunities.

3. Support accurate maintenance of Equality California Institute’s fundraising database (EveryAction) and grants tracking system.

  • Coordinate with Associate Program Director and Development Associate to update contacts and data in EveryAction.
  • Support maintenance of grant application and reporting deadline calendar.


Applicants for this position should bring the following knowledge, abilities, and attitude:

  • At least 3 years’ experience in grant writing and/or grant management.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills. This position is writing-intensive, strong writing skills are required.
  • Ability to utilize established messaging documents to develop strong first drafts of grant applications.
  • Self-directed and able to work independently.
  • Ability to develop and produce grants and other proposals.
  • Experience writing successful grant applications to state and federal agencies.
  • Knowledge, passion and commitment to addressing issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community as well as advancing equality and social justice generally.
  • An understanding of program budgeting, with the ability to read and understand financial documents.
  • An eye for detail and accuracy in spelling, grammar, facts, and content.
  • Commitment to working across lines of difference including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age to achieve objectives.
  • Flexible and able to multitask, with experience responding to multiple priorities.

This temporary, part-time position will be based out of Los Angeles and will require a flexible schedule including some evening and weekend work time.

Equality California is an equal employment opportunity employer. Equality California does not make employment decisions or discriminate based on protected characteristics including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental handicaps, veteran status, or genetic information as prescribed by applicable local, state, and federal law. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, people of diverse gender identities, and non-LGBTQ+ allies.

To apply:

Email resume (including names and contact of two references), cover letter and two writing samples to Robbie Rodriguez at jobs@eqca.org. Please be sure to put “Temporary Freelance Grant Writer” in the subject line of your email.




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