My kingdom for an intern!
June 28, 2014 9:05 PM Subscribe
I need a grant writing intern for my non-profit. Possibly several. Do you know what universities have good green technology or permaculture degree tracks that would be a good place to start looking? (many snowflakes inside)
posted by ananci to Education (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My friends and I started a non-profit last year. Things are going well. REALLY well, in some ways. We don't have a lot of money at the moment, but we've funded (through Indiegogo and some very generous individual donations) a 3 month long bus tour of Mexico and Central America to bring permaculture and long-term sustainable technology to indigenous communities, and are launching a social networking website soon through our sister corporation, and have two more tours in the works.
We have recently been donated 7 acres of prime riverfront real estate in central Guatemala (near Semuc Champey, if you want to google it) to build a permaculture and sustainability education center that will engage in outreach to local farmers and provide courses and trainings in our areas of expertise for locals and tourists alike. We have two extremely skilled eco-village and permaculture designers on board, along with my wonderful co-founders who have excellent leadership and PR skills. Awesome, right? Right! Now I just need to get grant money to fund this. I had a few people who offered to help, but they all dropped off the project when they needed to find paying jobs -- which I totally understand. Not everyone has the financial freedom to do that much work as a volunteer. Grant writing is time-consuming, and right now I can't afford to salary anyone (including myself. No one is getting paid yet.)
I have never written grants before. I am not opposed to writing grants myself, but I am SO BUSY with all the different projects my non-profit is involved in, plus taking care of my existing consulting clients, that I don't know if I have enough time to devote to this. Several of my associates have indicated this would be an excellent place to plug in an intern from a university program that focuses on ecological studies.
Can anyone suggest universities with good permaculture and ecological programs or some other degree track that would have students who would jump at the chance to write grants for this project and get flown to Guatemala to see the fruits of their labors? Do you have any suggestions for how to go about this? Have you interned for a non-profit before? Any ideas on good foundations to approach for grant money? I have a huge list, but more is always better. I will be in sole charge of overseeing this process, and I want to do it right. I have had interns before in a previous company, but not for grant writing.
I've applied to the UC Berkeley career center, but haven't heard back. All suggestions welcome! We have to raise at least $50,000 by next May, and we are planning on doing a crowd-funding campaign next year. We are already committed to a crowd funding campaign for our American tour in August, so we can't overload our network with a second ask right away.
Thank you Hive Mind!