Grant Assistant

Grant Assistant
Organization Name: 
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
Nelsonville, Ohio
Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 7, 2022
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The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a rapidly growing regional nonprofit community foundation, seeking a Grants Assistant to join our dedicated team and transformative mission. At the heart of FAO’s work are our grantmaking and scholarship programs that create opportunities across our 32 counties.

In 2022, FAO is launching its I’m a Child of Appalachia® Fund programming, providing financial investment across five Pillars of Prosperity – Arts & Culture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Environmental Stewardship, and Health & Human Services, as well as advancing organizational capacity building and collaboration across the region. As part of these expanded program activities, the Grants Assistant will play a vital role in enabling generational transformation across Appalachian Ohio.


FAO is a nimble and team-oriented organization, requiring all staff members to contribute to a variety of responsibilities and mission-related tasks. Position-specific duties for the Grants Assistant include:

  1. Grants administration: prepare and manage application forms in FAO’s online grantmaking system; screen applications, and prepare and send materials for committee review; send award and declination communications to applicants; prepare grant agreements; and track and send reminders for final reporting.
  1. Distribute program materials: use FAO’s online marketing tools, email and phone conversations to distribute information to potential grantees; provide needed information for press releases; and send internal updates to team when programs are launching and closing.
  1. Manage databases and contact systems: lead all applicant and grantee data entry, record keeping and filing; generate and maintain grantees distribution lists.
  1. Support Cause Connector: assist with outreach to organizations, website updates, grantee communications, and processing of grant awards.
  1. Share grant impact: write grant project summaries and prepare template releases.
  1. Communicate with partners: respond to programs inquiries from stakeholders, share updates with partners, and manage questions coming to the Programs team.


Our ideal candidate is committed to FAO’s mission and the region. Specific qualifications include:

  • Self-motivated with impeccable attention to detail; outstanding analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills to identify, research, and resolve issues; and the ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously while managing daily deliverables.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexibility, with the ability to adhere to and track timelines.
  • Experience and comfort with technology and database systems, including the ability to learn new technologies quickly and proficiently in Microsoft Office products.
  • A strong sense of curiosity to determine answers to questions.
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively in a complex environment; and to respond sensitively and patiently to inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Interested in learning more about foundations and grantmaking generally.


The mission of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is to create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. Founded in 1998, we have helped donors establish more than 600 separate funds and supported all 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio with grant and scholarship awards. FAO has also reached out to the most underserved parts of the region to help local leaders in thirteen communities develop community foundations. FAO is proud of all that has been accomplished but understands placing Appalachian Ohio on a level playing field requires further, significant investment in its philanthropic infrastructure.


  • 40-hour work week; occasional travel required.
  • Benefits package inclusive of vacation and sick leave, short and long-term disability, health insurance, life insurance and retirement plan.
  • Position is based at FAO headquarters in Nelsonville, Ohio, and reports to FAO’s Director of Programs, working in close collaboration with FAO’s Programs Manager


Please send a cover letter and resume to, applying no later than February 7, 2022. Submissions will be reviewed as they are received, with interviews scheduled accordingly.