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Grant Writer for LGBTQ-inclusive education

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Hope in a Box is an early-stage nonprofit that works with rural public schools to ensure LGBTQ students feel safe, welcome, and included. We believe literature has a unique ability to cultivate empathy and dispel stereotypes, so we send educators and librarians "Hope in a Box:" curated literature featuring LGBTQ protagonists, bespoke curricula for these materials, and coaching on LGBTQ themes and terminology.

We are seeking an experienced grant writer to research and apply for grants to help scale our program. This volunteer role will begin this summer and work with our team for 3-6 months (with opportunity to extend). Responsibilities include:
(+) Prospecting potential funders, including foundations, corporate programs, and private philanthropies interested in LGBTQ advocacy, education, youth anti-bullying, and mental wellness
(+) Refining our standard grant application template and materials
(+) Applying for 2-4 high-potential funding opportunities per quarter

We anticipate this role will require 2-4 hours of time per week, though this commitment can vary depending on the interest and experience of the candidate. The grant writer will work with the Program Director and the Executive Director.


(+) Ability to dedicate 2-4 hours of volunteer time per week for 3-6 months (flexible schedule), starting Summer 2020

(+) Experience researching grant and funding opportunities

(+) Experience managing the grant application process from start to finish
(+) Experience writing successful grant applications for nonprofit organizations

(+) Excellent written and verbal communication skills
(+) Ability to collaborate and incorporate feedback
(+) Self-starter who can drive a project remotely

(+) Passion for education and LGBTQ issues

If you are interested or would like to learn more, please email your name, contact information, and a brief statement on your interest and relevant background (no more than 250-300 words) to the Executive Director, Joe English at joe@hopeinabox.org -- or indicate your interest via the Volunteer Match form on this page. We will follow up with additional information. Thank you.

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Mission Statement

Hope in a Box helps rural educators create safe and welcoming classrooms for every student - regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. We help rural public schools cultivate empathy and combat prejudice by representing LGBTQ people, stories, and history in school libraries and classrooms. We donate "Hope in a Box": curated books and multimedia with LGBTQ protagonists, bespoke lesson plans for these materials, and ongoing coaching on LGBTQ themes and inclusive pedagogy. By fall of 2020, we will have worked with over 120 schools, and we aim to support hundreds of schools in all 50 states by the end of the year.


Research shows that LGBTQ kids are healthier, happier, and safer when their schools include LGBTQ history and literature in their classrooms. Students skip class less often, earn higher GPAs, and are far less likely to be depressed or bullied. Unfortunately, most schools-especially rural ones-rarely include LGBTQ themes in school libraries or curricula. Rural teachers say the biggest barriers to LGBT inclusion is lack of knowledge of which resources to use and how to do so tactfully.

Hope in a Box helps teachers create more welcoming and inclusive classrooms for LGBTQ students. We donate "Hope in a Box": expert-curated literature featuring LGBTQ protagonists, and bespoke lesson plans for key books. We help educators weave these materials into curricula and provide ongoing coaching on LGBTQ themes and terminology.

By Spring 2020, we will have worked with over 120 rural schools in 35 states. Of the educators we’ve worked with, 90% believe Hope in a Box noticeably improves LGBT students’ emotional well-being within one semester of receiving the materials; 80% formally incorporated the materials into curricula. Hundreds of schools across the country remain on our waitlist.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Market Research / Analysis
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • We anticipate this role will require 2-4 hours of time per week, though this commitment can vary depending on the interest and experience of the candidate.
  • Ability to start Summer 2020 and work with our team for 3-6 months (with opportunity to extent)

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