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Grant Writer

Grant Writer

About Us

 H.Y.P.E. to Empower, Inc. aims to transform the lives of children, youth, young adults, families, and communities living with HIV.  H.Y.P.E. is an HIV services and youth advocacy organization charged with building and growing programs that empower youth to succeed individually and to become leaders in order to transform the lives of children, youth, young adults, families, and communities living with HIV.  

H.Y.P.E. envisions empowered youth who live sustainable lifestyles accomplished through the mentoring and cultivating of individuals to better manage personal health, finances, and social responsibilities. H.Y.P.E. will equip individuals who enter it’s programs with the educational and personal capacities to be leaders in their communities and to advocate for themselves and for others living with HIV. The

H.Y.P.E. team is currently made up of Founder and Executive Director, LaMar Yarborough a young, gay, black male, who was diagnosed with HIV on his 19th birthday now 26, and cancer later that year in December of that same year. H.Y.P.E.’s team is made of a working Board of Directors, and skills-based volunteers. Together they are building a suite of programs to serve young people living with HIV in the Atlanta and Metro area.

Work Description

We are looking for a dedicated Volunteer Grant Writer to write grant proposals for our organization. The Volunteer Grant Writer will write coherent, organized and compelling proposals. You will collaborate with team members and Executive Director in the organization to assist with other fundraising projects and develop relationships with key stakeholders. To ensure success you need to write well (strong storytelling and creative writing skills), have an understanding of fundraising methods. Preferred applicants are deadline-driven team players with outstanding multitasking abilities.

This Volunteer Grant Writer position hours can vary depending on the activities on the budget and writing skills. 


Information Related to The Job Description:

  • The position is unpaid. 

  • Volunteer position allows flexible work schedules and the opportunity to work remotely, if available.

  • If seeking credit or practicum hours, additional documents will be required.

Essential Functions

  • Research grant sources (government and private) compatible with H.Y.P.E. to Empowers, Inc. Mission, values and programs in support of the agency’s strategic and program goals.

  • Coordinate the development of grant requests by establishing timelines outlining tasks, assignments and deadlines.

  • Draft and edit grant proposals, checking for completeness against grant instructions, spelling, grammar and style. Format agency budget to meet grant sources’ budget requirements.

  • Help Develop grant budgets.

  • Agency Culture

  • The business and social environment we operate in has changed. What worked yesterday may not work today and will likely not work tomorrow. To succeed, we must incorporate new ways of thinking and embrace new practices. As part of our individual and agency cultural change process, it is critical that all associated with H.Y.P.E. to Empower, Inc. aspire to this.

  • Education, Experience, and Skills Required

  • Excellent organizational skills needed. Must be able to prioritize responsibilities properly and handle multiple tasks relating to concurrent grant and development projects.

  • Furnishing prospective funders with supporting documents.

  • Collaborating with Executive Director and Director of Development to send funders newsletters, and to promote on-site tours.

  • Collaborating with Director of Development to compile annual report.

  • Maintaining records in hard copies and computer databases.

Minimum Preferred Qualifications 


  • Ability to work independently

  • Detailed oriented

  • Well-developed communication skills 

    • Written and verbal 

  • Interest in HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ matters

Additional Preferred Qualifications and skills:

  • Microsoft Office including Excel, Publisher, Word

  • Have an understanding of how to use with G-suits: Google products 

  • Be willing to experiment, comfortable trying new things, and not afraid to fail

  • Attention to detail

  • Confidentiality

  • Planning and organizing

  • Time management

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Customer-service orientation

  • Initiative

  • Reliability

  • Strong people skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Ability to meet deadlines.