Part-time Writer /Grant Researcher / Grant Manager (1 day/week)

Posted On: December 5, 2018

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Company Description

NYLaughs is a nonprofit works to enrich NY lives via laughter and to deepen an appreciation of comedy, a unique NY cultural asset. For 12 years, we've produced over 80 free performances in public spaces such as parks, museums, and with the NYPL. Our work has been listed in the NY Times 23x. We serve NY and work to make it a more connected, happier and healthier place via laughter. We've won grants from NY City Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as well as the Washington Square Park Conservancy and have had comedians such as Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Roy Wood Jr. honor us by appearing.

Job Description

Seeking a part-time Writer/ Grant Researcher 1 day/week to provide support to NYLaughs' efforts to secure funding from corporations, foundations, government and other institutions for both unrestricted and restricted purposes. In this capacity, the coordinator is responsible for researching, writing and assembling grant proposals, materials and reports to foundations and other grant-making organizations, and will communicate NYLaughs' goals, mission and programs to potential funders in a compelling and strategic manner.

The coordinator will actively conduct research, create and submit grant requests to secure new funding and renew and upgrade existing support. This position will represent NYLaughs to current and potential funders via inquiry on proposals and developing support.


RESEARCHING / TARGETING GRANTS & CREATING A GRANTS CALENDAR – Choosing potential grants and coordinating timelines

ASSEMBLING & WRITING grant proposals, letters of inquiry, applications and grant reports. When necessary, includes phone/email outreach to potential funders to insure grant applications are in line with grant guidelines. Ensure compliance with all funder guidelines in grant submission and reporting. Connecting with our freelance grants writers when needed. Submitting drafts for review to the artistic director.

OVERSIGHT & SUBMISSION - Target is a minimum of 4 grant applications a month

FOLLOW UP, ORGANIZATION & RECORDKEEPING - Establish recordkeeping / tracking of grant proposals. Maintain current records in a database and shared systems. Provide writing support for other efforts, including acknowledgements, stewardship, cultivation and funding requests as needed. Following up with funders / note taking when applications are declined. When time allows, becoming familiar with technology to support the development process, including CRM, databases and research tools

Continually developing / revising language to effectively communicate NYLaughs’ goals, mission and programs to audiences in a clear and compelling manner that inspires support

Cultivating and maintaining the case for support and need statements for the organization and find common ground that aligns with the interests of potential funders and specific funding opportunities

Conducting research and maintaining knowledge of the intersection of laughter and health benefits, current trends, publications and key data, as well as a deep understanding of NYLaughs programs, evaluation and effectiveness

Starts immediately

To Apply

Send resume and cover letter to with Writer/Grants Researcher in the subject line.