Entry Level Grant Writer for Chicago Education Advocacy Cooperative

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Chicago Education Advocacy Cooperative (ChiEAC) started in 2020 with the goal of connecting racialized and minoritized students to pathways to upward social mobility through education.

Today, we continue our mission with an emphasis on our Revolutionary Student Sponsorship program. We recognize the pathway to upward social mobility is substantially more complicated with more obstacles for racialized and minoritized students.

We sponsor largely Black and Latina/o students in Chicago as they seek their version of the American Dream. To qualify for sponsorship, students need to be enrolled in some form of educaitonal programming with the goal of using that education to link to more opportunities.

All students are assessed by our Executive Director, Dr. Benjamin M. Drury, and then connected to either one of our partner organizations or to one of our advocates. After placement, our promise to the students we serve is we willcontinue to follow up until we are no longer needed.

Entry Level Grant Writer

We are seeking to build a team of rising grant writers to identify funding opportunities, create compelling requests for these opportunities to fund our programming, and organize the reporting we need in order to remain in compliance with granting organizations. We will work with you to build your skills so that you can help our organization while levelling up your porfolio.


  • Researches and identifies new government, corporate, foundation and private funding prospects to match ChiEAC priorities
  • Generates high-quality proposals, narratives, applications and supporting documents in response to solicitations consistent with all policies and procedures of ChiEAC, and the requirements and guidelines of the funding agencies
  • Maintains primary responsibility for grant schedules and tracking grants
  • Works with appropriate personnel to research, develop, write and submit letters of inquiry, concept papers and grant proposals
  • Serves as a liaison to all funding agencies and organizations from RFP to final reporting

Required Skills and Education

  • Possess at least an Associates Degree level of education
  • Bring little to no grant writing experience, preferably with an education focus
  • Developing professional writing and verbal skills
  • MUST BE highly organized with the ability to implement systems and follow-up processes
  • Proficiency in research, interpreting, and analyzing diverse data *HUGE PLUS*
  • Strong foundational computer skills (Microsoft Office Word, Access, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Motivated self-starter, works well collaboratively and independently with purpose

Preferred Education, Skills and Abilities

  • Master’s degree
  • 3 to 5 years of experience as a successful grant writer
  • Previous grant budget development and management
  • A proven record of securing major grants with certifiable references
  • Knowledge of grant application process, scoring criteria and funding cycles
  • Previous federal grant application, submission, approval and management of fund

QUESTIONS? Please direct them to benjamin@chieac.org


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1156 East 61st Street, CHICAGO, IL 60637, US

Mission Statement

Empowering Chicago's racialized and minoritized students, we are dedicated to forging tangible avenues for upward social mobility through the transformative power of education. Our mission is to break down barriers, foster inclusivity, and cultivate a supportive environment where every student can thrive, ensuring equitable access to opportunities that propel them towards a future of success and empowerment.


In Chicago, we envision empowering every racialized and minoritized student through inclusive education, breaking barriers. Tailored mentorship programs, culturally responsive teaching, and collaborative partnerships provide resources and opportunities beyond the classroom, leveling the playing field. Evaluation mechanisms guide interventions to address systemic inequities, ensuring all students thrive.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Advocacy & Human Rights, Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees


Mon Jun 03, 2024 - Fri Aug 16, 2024


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Financial Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Reading / Writing
  • Research
  • Grant Writing / Research




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5-7 hours per week MAXIMUM
  • Access to reliable high-speed internet and a computer is essential for success in this role.

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