Remote Grant Writing Internship

Gain practical work experience during an online grant writing internship.

You’ll be part of a consultancy agency that offers strategic fundraising advice and services to nonprofit organizations. As an intern, you’ll be researching funding opportunities and writing grant proposals to trusts, foundations, and other grant-making organisations. You’ll do this on behalf of South African based clients; all nonprofits that run social impact programs.

This grant writing internship is a great opportunity to sharpen your writing skills, learn how to put proposals and reports together, and gain research experience. It’s also a chance to learn about the nonprofit sector and its needs, and contribute to worthwhile nonprofits in South Africa. You’ll enjoy guidance by experts in the field, and have the flexibility of working from home.

To apply for this online grant writing internship, you’ll need to have a self-starter attitude, strong writing skills, and a desire to learn about the various aspects of fundraising.

Consultancy Agency (nonprofit clients)
Fundraising Research, Grant Writing
Min. 12 weeks
USD 375

As a grant writing intern, you’ll be part of Katalyst Consulting, an American based company that provides comprehensive grant writing services for nonprofit organizations across all sectors. Katalyst helps nonprofits identify and approach prospective funders, cultivate meaningful partnerships, and prepare grant submissions. Their ultimate goal is to help nonprofits do what they do best; effect change.

Your work will be focused on the South African based nonprofit clients. These are the current clients;

Thanda is a nonprofit organization based in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa that aims to provide holistic support for children and families. Their core programmes are centred around Early Learning, Education and Organic Farming. Thanda’s mission is to Empower People to Create Positive Change.

Education Africa is a well-established nonprofit organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The organisation was founded in 1992 by visionary social entrepreneur, James Urdang, with the gracious support of such historic political heroes as Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela. Through a multitude of programmes that span multiple provinces, Education Africa aims to achieve Poverty Alleviation through Education.

Siyabonga ECD Centre is a small yet dedicated nonprofit organisation sparked by the unmistakable needs of vulnerable children in Mtubatuba, South Africa. As the only creche within two hours walking-distance, Siyabonga provides critically needed support for children in the area.

Holy Cross Hospice aims to ensure the highest possible quality of life for individuals facing a life-threatening illness and their families. The organisation works in rural areas of the uMlalazi and uMhlathuze municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and provides hospice and home-based care, bereavement support, natural family planning services, early childhood education, youth mentorship, and more. Holy Cross Hospice’s services have always been, and continue to be, available to anyone in need without discrimination.

What you’ll do


As a grant writing intern, you will be involved in the full process of fundraising for different nonprofit organizations. This will include the following tasks;

  • Researching grants and other fundraising opportunities
  • Structuring and writing grant application and other funding proposals
  • Creating budgets for grant applications
  • Reaching out to nonprofit organisations that are potential clients
  • Strong writing skills and fluency in English
  • An ability to work independently
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong research skills
  • A self-starter attitude
  • Experience in creative writing is a bonus
  • An interest in the nonprofit sector

As this is a remote internship, you’ll have the flexibility to work from your own home!


The start dates for this internship are flexible; we will discuss the options with you during the application process.

2020 Rates

Fixed fee USD 375

  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Troubleshooting if needed.

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
Consultancy Agency (nonprofit clients)
Fundraising Research, Grant Writing
Min. 12 weeks
USD 375

I'm currently working on a proposal for an organisation. I think if I continue to work on proposals it will allow me to further develop and improve my writing skills. I really like researching and getting and in-depth learning about some of these organisations and their work. If I continue doing research, it will be helpful for my future career.

Abasiono, United StatesGrant Writing Internship
  • Gain practical work experience in writing grant applications and funding proposals for nonprofit organizations
  • Support South African based social development projects by researching and implementing fundraising tools for them
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the fundraising process & learn from experts in the field
  • Sharpen your writing skills by writing comprehensive grant applications and reports
  • Have the flexibility of working remotely

See Detailed Rates

How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!


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