ACI Participant (Part Time) - Touch A Heart, Grantwriter

Oct 18 2020
Aloha Connects Innovation Program - Oahu |Honolulu|Part Time, $20.00 - $25.00 / hour
Job Description


Touch A Heart is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides food services vocational training and apprenticeship programs to individuals with barriers to employment. We’re committed to helping the disadvantaged and serving the community through innovation, teamwork and collaboration. If you’re an experienced grant writer, this is an excellent opportunity to use your skills to make a difference. Join us in transforming lives, one heart at a time!




Research and identify funding opportunities including, but not limited to:

 - Foundation grants (family, private, public, community)

 - Government grants (city, state, federal)

 - Corporate grants


Write and submit proposals with all requirements and meet deadlines

Recommend and implement ways to improve grant-seeking and proposal-writing results

Identify and participate in applicable professional development opportunities

Work collaboratively with staff and contractors to achieve goals



·      Prior experience in grant or proposal writing for a nonprofit organization

·      Bachelor’s degree required

·      Computer proficiency (email, internet, Microsoft Office, Zoom, etc.)

·      Strong verbal and written communication skills

·      Strategic thinking and planning

·      Detail-oriented

·      Willingness to learn, grow and adapt

·      Ability to problem solve, meet deadlines, be proactive and work both independently and with a team


Working Conditions

This is a part-time, remote position with flexible hours with the exception of pre-scheduled meetings. Must have access to a computer with email and reliable internet connection, cell phone and necessary software (Microsoft Office, Zoom).


About Touch A Heart

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” At Touch A Heart, we follow this philosophy by providing vocational training and apprenticeship programs in food services to those with barriers to employment. Since 2014, we’ve been working primarily with those who are currently or formerly incarcerated, helping them to transition and reintegrate back into society by teaching them the valuable, marketable hard and soft skills necessary to find a job. We know that stable employment leads reduced recidivism and are proud that 90% of our graduates have been successfully placed in the workforce.


As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession, we pivoted our catering social enterprise to our Kupuna & Family Meals in March as a way to provide safe, affordable and convenient meals to our community, while also retaining our staff and creating an apprenticeship program that has allowed us to hire our graduates who were laid off/furloughed. Every week, we prepare 150 to 200 3-meal sets and a variety of our Baker’s Heart items that are presold for pickup at two locations. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and volunteers, we’re also able to donate meals to those in need and frontline workers as well as deliver meals to homebound seniors.


Our Kupuna & Family Meals have allowed us to give our apprentices an opportunity to receive advanced hands-on, on-the-job training from our chef-trainers that will further their culinary skills, give them greater confidence, ensure they’re adept in the kitchen and that they have stronger competencies in the workforce. We know that the increase in our state’s unemployment rate (22.6% in May 2020) has created greater competition for jobs, so our goal is for our apprentices to be a cut above others and have a better chance of finding employment.