• Location: Sydney/Remote
  • Deadline: April 28, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Grant Writer, Contract

Onsite or Remote

$25 per hour, 320 Hours, with the possibility of extending. Health benefits package (optional)

Who We Are:

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is in Unama’ki, the land of fog, the unceded and traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq. At the Centre we strive to honour and uphold the Treaties of Peace and Friendship made with the Mi’kmaq by celebrating the ongoing tradition of beautiful and creative craftsmanship of the First Peoples of this land. We are a for-impact charitable organization and an integral and leading force in the educational, promotional, and economic development of the craft sector on Unama’ki-Cape Breton Island with a membership of over 300 individuals and organizations throughout the Island.

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design consciously embeds equity, Indigenization, and sustainability into all our programming activities. We work towards the Indigenization of our operations and approaches by taking guidance from the principle of Etuaptmumk – Two-Eyed Seeing.

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design encourages applications from IBPOC, 2SLGBTQI and Official Language Minority individuals. Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. Diversity at the Centre means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, programs, and services

The Role:

The ideal candidate has had success navigating the grant and foundation application processes for charitable organizations in the past and is passionate about craft and art education, inclusion, and community building.

Key Responsibilities:

• Identify, research, and vet grant opportunities to support our strategic plan and mandate, and present to the Executive Director and Director of Research for approval

• Develop a proposal and grant writing schedule for the duration of the contract

• Develop packages for key activities as identified in the strategic plan

• Prepare high-quality grant proposals in a timely manner, including:

• Research on the project and the requirements of potential funding sources

• Discussions with ED and Director of Research to ensure a thorough understanding of the project

• Development of budgets, timelines, work plans, and other required documents

• Write and submit grant applications and any associated reporting on a timely basis

• Secure letters of support as needed

• Maintain a system to track projects and grant applications, including deadlines, application requirements, budgets, and reporting requirements

• Manage multiple grant applications simultaneously and ensure that all are submitted on time


As our ideal contractor, you have experience researching, writing, and applying for grants. You are comfortable reaching out to foundations and grant managers to discuss their processes and to see if our programs are a good fit for their vision. Being coordinated, organized, and having excellent communication skills are essential.

• Proven track record of developing, implementing, and reporting on grant applications

• Demonstrate measurable results and personal performance in grant writing initiatives

• Excellent communication, computer, and interpersonal skills

• Ability to work independently • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with multiple stakeholders

• Understand funding mechanisms that assist charitable organizations

• Ability to organize and facilitate meetings

• Computer applications expertise, e.g., MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Pro, Zoom, OneDrive etc.

• Experience working with budgets and managing project work plans

• Ability to prepare comprehensive reports to satisfy the needs of various stakeholders

• Excellent time management and organization skills

• Detail oriented and skilled at multitasking

The successful candidate will be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner. Excellent research and writing skills are essential. Candidates must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, highly organized, and have a high level of computer literacy. Candidates must possess the ability to work well under pressure and the ability to seek information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form. A solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants is essential.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume no later than Friday, April 28th, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. to: Lori Burke, Executive Director We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Once the successful candidate has been chosen, the position has an immediate start date