Grant Writer for Alberta Bike Swap

Posted 22-05-2019
Category Local from Home
Interns Needed 1
Anticipated Timeline June 2019 - September 2019
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My husband and I came up with an idea for a safe place to buy, sell, and donate bikes through one day bike swap events. We did that, got all the processes down and improve them every year because we grow so much.  We also designed, built, and patented bike racks for our events and we give these bike racks away to keep events green throughout the province, and we even designed our own software. In December 2018 I fell on the ice and broke my vertebrae, and since it's only Chris and me that do all the background work, we either have to get grants so that we can continue and get help from other groups and people.  We're huge, widely recognized, and help thousands of Albertans every year, but my broken back precludes me from continuing. We have been asked by other cities, provinces, and territories to expand, and this is where you come in. We need a SCiP intern to get grants for this expansion and assistance. 

You, as a grant writer, will search for and apply for grants in Alberta and Canada.

You will have to understand what we do so that you can apply for suitable grants, what the grant requirements are, and match what we do to these grants. Every province will need a similar set-up to what we've developed, and use what we've done as a template. Grants will be written to produce the template proportional to the size of the province. But every province will need computers, bike racks (we patented our racks), our fit-for-purpose software, and finding suitable groups that can do what we do in Alberta. The bike swaps are just my husband and me, this can be done by other people and groups. 

You will be required to find suitable groups in each province. We have a group in Ontario, one in Saskatchewan, but the other provinces need headquarters. We remain secular and apolitical in all that we do, and going forward, we will remain apolitical and secular so as not to alienate anyone. 

Ideal for someone with course work in:

  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Professional Writing
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Design
  • Community Health Promotion
  • Designing Smart and Secure Communities
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Economic Development
  • Built Environment Engineering Technology
  • Applied Land Use Planning

Some specialized skills required:

  • Ability to remain secular and apolitical in all that you write as our representative
  • Determine if the grant is worth applying for; is it worth spending 10+ hours on a grant, or not?
  • Analyst the fit of a listed grant to determine if we meet established criteria
  • Be able to write well
  • Be able to search Federal and Provincial and world-wide grants and bursaries so that we can continue

What we will accomplish at the end of the Internship:

  • Grants for other provinces will be written to produce the template proportional to the size of the other provinces and territories
  • Use what we've created in Alberta as a template for other provinces and territories
  • Find suitable groups in other provinces that can do what we do in Alberta; strategic alliances, city-size, cycling groups, and more
  • Determine what Alberta Bike Swap needs to continue in Alberta - main function and grant writing requirement
  • Determine the cost to set up every province; computers, bike racks, hopper safe, and more
  • Every province and territory will need a similar set-up to what we've developed in Alberta. Understand and apply what we do and proportionally increase or decrease to match the size
  • Apply for suitable grants, understand what the grant requirements are, and apply for applicable grants
  • Search for and apply for grants in Alberta and Canada to expand Alberta Bike Swap in Alberta and other provinces