Grants Prospecting for Grants Navigator Services | Request for Proposals


Position: Grants Navigator (Contract, part-time)

Project Overview

The Grants Navigator will support 49 community-based organizations (grantee recipients of Community Action Initiative’s “Community Counselling Fund”) to develop their capacity to acquire sustainable funding for community-based projects including but not limited to counselling.

The grant cycle for the Community Counselling Fund ends in 2022, and grantees have expressed a need for help with sustaining their programs through external grant opportunities. The Grants Navigator will support these grantees to continue their programs by sharing upcoming grant funding and training opportunities, as well as by creating a brand guide about the value of community counselling for use by all grantees in their applications.

About Community Action Initiative (CAI)

CAI was created to support community-led projects that focus on mental health and substance use issues in British Columbia (BC). We provide funding and training opportunities for community-based organizations across BC to develop and implement innovative service projects that respond to the needs of individuals and families experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges in their communities. Our work complements the provincial government’s Pathway to Hope: A roadmap for making mental health and addictions care better for people in British Columbia, which charts a course to an improved future for health and well-being in B.C.

In 2019, CAI, in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, established the CCF. This opportunity provides community counselling for adults in relation to mental health and substance use, with the goal of reaching underserved or hard to reach populations that do not have access to counselling opportunities. Grants were awarded to 49 organizations (“CCF and Surge grantees”) across BC serving a diverse range of demographic and geographic communities. Each grantee committed to increase access to equity-centered community counselling services and to enhancing overall quality of counselling service delivery.

Read more about CAI, the CCF and Surge fund and its recipients here.

Project Deliverables

  • Create a monthly newsletter of upcoming grant prospects and training opportunities relevant to the CAI Community Counselling Grantee Network
  • Create a brand guide about the value of community-based counselling for use by the CAI Community Counselling Grantee Network, from research, interviews, reports and evaluation data
  • Conduct interviews with grantees who require grants support and develop a collection of stories that demonstrates the impact of community counselling
  • Deliver one-on-one support sessions with grantee contacts of the CAI Community Counselling Grantee Network

Budget and Timeline

Timeline: 12 months at an average of 8h/week. This position may start October 1, 2021 (flexible). The term of this contract will end on or before October 31, 2022, depending on the start date.

Budget: $20,000


  • Based in BC or possess an understanding of the BC social services sector
  • 2+ years and demonstrated success writing and prospecting for grants in the non-profit sector
  • Self-directed, with effective time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Eager to learn new systems and adopt improved best practices
  • Fluent in English

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience working for a charity/non-profit health- and social sector-related organization
  • Interest and knowledge of health equity and the social determinants of health, with an understanding of community-based counselling as a strong asset
  • Understanding of provincial government priorities, especially the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
  • Research skills

Working Conditions

This position is located in Vancouver, but due to COVID-19, the work can be completed remotely. Working hours will be flexible, but the Grants Navigator will be expected to be available between Monday – Friday, during the hours of 9AM – 5PM PST or as negotiated. Communication with the Community Grants Manager and the grantee network will be via Zoom and phone call.


Additional Details

To Apply

If you are interested in applying to this request for proposals, please send your implementation plan (including timeline and proposed budget) and one-page resume to Adrienne Yeung at [email protected] no later than 9am on September 27, 2021. CAI welcomes individuals who identify as members of equity seeking communities to apply to work with us. We encourage Indigenous people, people of colour, women, people identifying as LGBTQ2S+, members of visible minorities, immigrants, and people with disabilities to apply. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.