Grant Writer (Vancouver, Montreal, or Toronto)

  • Full-time

Company Description

The David Suzuki Foundation is a Canadian environmental non-profit organization, founded in 1990. We operate in English and French, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. We are a Canadian settler organization striving to protect climate, nature and communities, respecting the rights and title of Indigenous Nations. We believe that Indigenous leadership is key to our collective future. We aim to work with many different peoples across Canada, including First Nations communities, all levels of governments and citizens who care for environmental justice, to find solutions to create a sustainable Canada.  We use research, traditional ecological knowledge, innovative policy and legal environmental solutions, communications and public engagement.

The vision we work toward at DSF is that we all act every day on the understanding that we are interdependent with nature, and with each other. To address the intersections of the climate and biodiversity crises with social justice and equity, the Foundation is committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion. As an organization, we are on a transformative journey to embed these values, decolonize our practices and become an anti-racist organization. Join us in creating a socially and environmentally just world, where diverse identities, lived experiences and world views are valued as essential to our collective future.

Job Description

POSITION: Grant Writer

REPORTS TO: Director, Development

JOB TERMS: Permanent full-time (34 hours/four days per week)

LOCATION: Based at any of our three offices: Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver. Hybrid working options available.

SALARY: $55,000 - $65,000


The Grant Writer builds and maintains relationships with diverse donors and prospects through personalized, professional, culturally appropriate interactions. As part of the development team, they have a keen understanding of environmental issues, connect and communicate with a variety of communities, and convey how donors’ generosity makes a difference.


  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to create accurate, compelling reports and proposals for leadership donors.
  • Identify and develop new funding partners and proposals through database mining, prospect research, networking and internal and/or external funding leads.
  • Liaise with colleagues across the organization to compose accurate, consistent messaging, ensuring that reports and proposal budgets reflect plans and project needs. Update team and stakeholders on grant-making and reporting issues.
  • Work with Leadership Giving relationship managers to ensure donor revenue spending is in accordance with funding agreements.
  • Update database to ensure tracking and filing of reports and proposals is timely and accurate.



We understand that experience can look different for everyone and encourage applicants to share their experience as it relates to the following.


  • Minimum of two years’ experience in successful grant proposal and report writing in a similar role in the charitable sector.
  • Experience securing philanthropic foundation gifts, including prospecting, relationship building, applications, reporting and stewardship.


  • Exceptional English writing and editing skills. Spoken English required. French language skills a strong asset.
  • Exceptional project management skills, including creating and maintaining high quality outputs for multiple projects, managing donor relationships, meeting deadlines and accurately recording complex details.
  • Experience with design software to create appealing proposals and reports an asset.
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Experience with Office 365/SharePoint/Teams an asset. Experience using Raiser’s Edge or equivalent database and prospect research systems preferred.
  • Passion for our vision, values and strategic priorities. Committed to working collaboratively toward a healthy, equitable, anti-racist culture.

Additional Information


  • Four-day workweek
  • Competitive salary and generous benefits package
  • Hybrid work opportunities
  • Supportive work culture
  • Chance to make a difference and help improve the health of our planet and all life on it


Please submit your resume and covering letter online at The position will remain advertised until successfully filled.

The David Suzuki Foundation is strongly committed to equity and diversity and to creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially encourage applications from equity-deserving groups; specifically Indigenous and racialized people, members of the LGBTQIA2S+, trans and gender-diverse communities, women and people with disability, chronic illness and/or neurodiversity.