Director of Grants
Erin Shaver’s grantwriting expertise is built on more than 15 years of writing and editing experience, predominantly in the nonprofit sector and in journalism.
Erin has been part of the JVA team for more than a decade, both as a staff member and a freelancer. As our director of grants, she currently manages our grantwriting department as well as several annual grantwriting contracts with clients in the education and human services fields. This includes performing funding research, writing grants and providing technical assistance to help clients strategize, make decisions, secure funding and maximize their potential. Erin secured more than $2 million in grants for clients from 2017 to 2018, primarily from Colorado foundations, and has a keen understanding of the Colorado funding landscape.
Erin has recently penned successful grants to NextFifty Foundation and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Area Agency on Aging for programs centered on aging issues and worked closely with Rose Community Foundation/Changing the Narrative, including developing a white paper on aging in the workplace and grant templates for clients working in the field.
In the past, she has worked as an editor at the Denver Art Museum and as a newspaper journalist at the Colorado Daily in Boulder. She also has considerable experience as a freelance writer, having written magazine features, technical reports, white papers and blogs, and has dabbled in running a socially conscious business.
Erin has a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in journalism from the University of North Florida, where she also played NCAA varsity soccer and was president of an environmental club.
An avid gardener, Erin volunteers at the Buffalo Park Community Garden. She is also a volunteer soccer coach.
First hired at Joining Vision and Action in 2007, Erin returned as a staff member in 2016 after a several-year hiatus exploring and raising her two children in Alaska.
Prior to getting JVA’s help with funder research, we had a good sense of what funders were out there that fit our focus area. What we did not know, and what JVA helped to zero in on, was the specifics – the nitty gritty. Funders may say Colorado, but what percentage really goes to Colorado? What does Denver metro really mean? What really is the average amount in a specific funding area? This is the information that helps figure out whether or not it makes sense to put resources forward to apply.