Local recruitment: Grantwriter via Idealist

Water Drop LA

Los Angeles, CA, USA 🇺🇸

Water Drop LA is a 100% volunteer-run community organization whose mission is to provide clean water and other necessities to communities facing water inaccessibility. By distributing 2,000+ gallons of water to Skid Row each week and by providing water to our partner organizations across Southern California, Water Drop aims to support existing organizers and to meet the immediate needs of the community. Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right, and Water Drop believes that legislative advocacy must be accompanied by a swift response to critical necessities.

As a small, non-hierarchical team, you will interact with all team members while in this role.

Role Requirements and Responsibilities

  1. Understand the history, structure, objectives, programs and financial needs of Water Drop.
  2. Research grant opportunities from government and non-government agencies
  3. Identify and apply for grants totaling $50,000 each month
  4. Draft grant proposals and gather supporting data/documents based on fundraising needs of the Water Drop LA.
  5. Utilize creative storytelling to demonstrate community needs
  6. Submit proposals to grant coordinators for approval.
  7. Respond to internal and external inquiries on drafted and submitted proposals.
  8. Maintain positive relationships with fund providers and other stakeholders.
  9. Volunteer with Water Drop: We require that anyone hired participate in the Drop process to gain understanding of our operations (this does not need to be on a continuing basis). Involvement is beneficial to the grant writer in their proposals and grasp of community needs/the org’s work, though there are various ways to engage with Water Drop LA. Folks of all abilities are encouraged to apply!

Candidate Experience

  1. Strong research and verbal and written communication skills
  2. Experience working with priority/underserved communities, and/or lived experience with homelessness, housing insecurity, water insecurity, systemic oppression, equity and social justice
  3. Experience researching grant opportunities, drafting grant proposals, and submitting proposals to grant coordinators.
  4. Any previous engagement with Water Drop or mutual aid in general is a plus

Compensation: $30/hour

Schedule: 5 hours per week for 3 months.

Job Type: Part-time, Contract

How to apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (previous grant application preferred) to volunteer@waterdropla.org with the subject line “Grantwriter application – Your name.” Applications will be accepted until April 15th, 2023.



IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development