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Grant Researcher

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  • 4 people are interested

Position Overview

As HAP continues to grow, more fundraising dollars will be needed to reach our goals. The grant researcher will research, identify, develop, and respond to grant opportunities in order to procure funds for operating expenses and specific projects/campaigns.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Regularly check-in with leadership and volunteers of HAP to discover specific projects
    that are in need of grant funding.
  • Research and investigate new granting opportunities on an ongoing basis. This includes subscribing to email lists to receive updates on Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and conducting research to self-identify opportunities.
  • Collaborating with HAP volunteers to collect information needed for determining grant eligibility.
  • Completing research on specific assignments in full and submitting information before application deadlines.
  • Utilize our CRM, assist in tracking applications that have been approved or denied, and update HAP leadership team as needed.
  • Submitting reporting requirements to granting organization in a timely manner. This may
    again involve collaborating with other HAP volunteers to have proper knowledge of
    updates on a project the grant may have been awarded for.
  • Conduct ongoing communication with granting organizations as needed around granting requirements, application invitations and processes, and deadlines .
  • Respond to HAP leadership emails and calls within 48 hours
  • Be prepared and on-time for meetings and events
  • Share and support HAP’s mission and core values; adhere to HAP’s policies
  • Other duties as needed

Training Requirements
Training on HAP’s values, policies and core values, including orientation on campaign missions and status.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Previous grant researching/writing experience is strongly desired but not required.
  • Strong research skills required.
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with both HAP members and
    representatives from outside granting organizations.
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to present oneself in a friendly, professional, and non-partisan manner
  • Ability to work independently, follow instructions, and meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Google Drive, Trello, and MonkeyPod, or a willingness to learn

    Time Commitment Required
  • Approximately 3-4 hours per week.
  • Bimonthly one-hour, virtual grants team meetings
  • Monthly one-hour, virtual leadership meetings

    Dress Code
    Professional dress required for professional meetings (if any). If attending an informal event on behalf of HAP, we ask the volunteer to purchase a HAP T-shirt for $7.

  • Location
  • Since the pandemic, most HAP meetings take place via Zoom. However, occasional in person meetings may be required.

    Benefits to the Volunteer
  • Know that you are making a difference in reducing the suffering of animals
  • Be a valued HAP team member
  • Build your volunteer resume and develop writing and research skills

    Janice Bahary, Director of Grant Writing
    Natalie Ahwesh, Executive Director
    Shannon Dickerson, Dir. of Operations

What Volunteers Can Expect From HAP
* Support of HAP leadership and members
* Respect and appreciation for your contribution and input

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Mission Statement

OUR VISION​ is a world without animal suffering where all beings are treated with compassion. OUR MISSION is to advance the protection of all animals by empowering people to affect change through education, policy, and community action.


SET THE STANDARD By educating the community on the most pressing animal issues of our time and recommending common sense solutions that decision-makers rely on, we set the standard in animal protection. We advance our cause with proven methods -progress over perfection, changing course when needed, being prepared, and staying well connected.

BUILD TRUSTED RELATIONSHIPS Effective advocacy happens by building relationships grounded in cooperation and a shared vision. HAP values inclusivity and professionalism.

FOSTER EMPOWERMENT We set high expectations and achieve them by working with exceptional people who bring their wide array of talents and passion for animal well-being. In order to develop a free and creative culture, we respect the opinions and ideas of others. We are committed to our team and fulfilling our mission by supplying the tools for individuals to become remarkable leaders and advocates.

CREATE COMMUNITY We are stronger together. Collaborating with colleagues, sponsors, legislators, and community leaders, we find that animal protection is well within reach.

DELIVER RESULTS We establish ambitious, clearly defined goals, and work in a systematic manner to realize our objectives and create positive outcomes. We measure our success by our ability to protect animals.




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123 Pittsburgh StreetPittsburgh, PA 15201




  • People 55+


  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-4 hours per week

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