Project Assistant ~ Grant Writer
Location: Volunteer Center
Volunteer Services
Duties: Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss. Our mission is to provide exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals. With Lighthouse Guild, people who are at risk for, or affected by, vision loss have access to all the resources necessary to lead full, independent and productive lives. We provide services, research and education, and advocate to help people with low vision and blindness. Our vision is a world in which no person is limited by their visual capacity.

The Volunteer Resources Department administers the volunteer recruitment, screening and interviewing, orientation, training and education, placement and referral, retention and recognition processes for Lighthouse Guild. Our current corps of volunteers consists of over 800 volunteers who contribute to the success of the organization and carry on the legacy of service of the organizations’ founders.

Position: Volunteer Resources Grant Writing Intern

Job Summary: This position is ideal for a student or volunteer with strong writing skills and an interest in philanthropy, who also possesses a commitment to service. The intern will help research, identify and apply for capacity building grants to support the mission of the Volunteer Resources Department of Lighthouse Guild. At the conclusion of this internship, the student will know how volunteer programs build the capacity of an organization and have the experience of researching and writing grants.

Principle duties and responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Director:
1. Through interviews and other means, gather information that will easily allow him/her to grasp the concept of a project or program for which funding is sought as defined by the person responsible for carrying it out.
2. Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of the organization, and use that knowledge and understanding to better comprehend all projects and programs for which grants will be sought and to recommend the seeking of grants.
3. Research grant-making organizations and analyze them to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs.
4. Compile, write, and edit grant applications exhibiting strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
5. Review the budget of a project or program for which funding is sought and make recommendations to better present it to grant-making organizations.
6. Develop individual grant proposals in accordance with each grant-making organization's preferences and follow exactly each grant-making organization's guidelines.
7. Keep in contact with grant-making organizations during their review of a submitted grant application in order to be able to supply additional supportive material.
8. Manage the process of supplying progress reports when required by a grant-making organization that has funded a project or program.
Qualifications: Qualifications:
1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
2. Proficient in researching, interpreting, and analyzing diverse data
3. A proven track record in grant writing and program development, preferred but not required.
4. Possess the ability to work collaboratively and independently to achieve stated goals.
Directions: Program Directions:

Details of the opportunity: The volunteer will work in concert with the Director of the Volunteer Resources Department to craft the grant applications that can building the capacity of the department to support the organization’s mission. The ideal candidate is available approximately 12-20 hours per week and will be present in the office 3 or 4 days per week for at least 4 hours per day. Please submit a resume and writing sample to Please include the hours you are available to work in your cover letter. Direct all questions to the Volunteer Resources Department (646) 874-8688.

Travel Directions:

Take the #1 train to 66th Street. Travel west along 65th Street for two blocks. Make a left on West End Avenue. Travel one block to 64th Street. We are on the south side of the street 250 West 64th, between West End and Amsterdam Avenues, closest to West End Avenue.
Take the M57 Bus to West End Avenue between 63rd and 64th Streets.
Take the A, B, C or D to 59th Street Columbus Circle. Walk north on Broadway to 62nd Street. Travel west along 62nd Street to Amsterdam Avenue. Take Amsterdam Avenue to 64th Street. Make a left on 64th Street, we are located at 250 on the south side of the street.
Address: 250 West 64th Street
NY, NY 10023
Work:(646) 874-8688
Minimum age:18
Times needed:
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Skills: Interviewing
Public Speaking
Location For Service Interview: West 64th Street, New York, NY