Erin Shaver
Erin ShaverDirector of Grants

Erin Shaver, B.A.

Erin has been working in the social change sector for over 15 years, providing grantwriting, program and strategy development, project management, content review and editing, and research for nonprofits, social enterprises and government agencies. Erin has been part of the JVA team for more than a decade, both as a staff member and a freelancer.

Erin works with JVA clients to access funding—primarily through managing, writing and reviewing grants; conducting funding research; and providing technical assistance to help clients strategize and maximize their potential. As grants director, she currently manages the JVA grantwriting team, including full-time staff and contractors, which secured nearly $20 million in grants in 2020. Since 2019, Erin has also served as the City and County of Denver contract as City liaison and project manager. In that time, JVA has supported nearly $25M in grants for the City and County of Denver. Erin has worked on successful grants for numerous City agencies, including Denver Human Services, Denver Office of Economic Development, Denver Public Library, Denver Office of Municipal Public Defender, Denver Arts and Venues, and more.

Erin has also written more than $8 million in successful grants for a variety of JVA nonprofit clients. These grants have supported a variety of organizations and subject areas, including education (early childhood and K–12), health care (integrated and mental health), immigrant/refugee programs, older adult services, environmental/conservation programs, workforce and leadership development programs, community food systems, arts and cultural organizations, and more.

Erin has written successful grants in the past few years to nearly every major local funder, including: Anschutz, Buell, Caring for Colorado, Colorado Health Foundation, Daniels Fund, Denver Foundation,  El Pomar, Mile High United Way, NextFifty and Rose Community Foundation. She has also written successful state grants in the past few years to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS), Colorado Department of Public Safety, Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), as well as written, reviewed and project managed numerous successful federal grants to a variety of federal agencies.

Past Work Experience

In the past, Erin has worked as an editor at the Denver Art Museum and as a newspaper journalist at the Colorado Daily in Boulder, where she covered higher education, as well as arts and entertainment. 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.

Community Involvement

Erin volunteers at the Buffalo Park Community Garden. She is also worked as a volunteer soccer coach.

Fun Fact

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.


Shiloh House has worked with JVA, specifically Erin Shaver, for several years, as our primary grantwriting firm. Over this time, we have seen huge growth in our grant funding success. Erin is always willing to go the extra mile and advocate for the youth and families we serve. Her compassion for her clients and the work that we do is apparent through her professionalism, empathy in our storytelling and efficiency. JVA and Erin have helped Shiloh increase the funding that is needed so badly to continue to serve more throughout the state.

Anna Miller, Chief Administrative Officer, Shiloh House, Grantwriting

We love working with JVA. They have helped us revamp our grantwriting process and helped us secure additional multi-year grants to expand our services. Our success is directly attributable to the professionalism of their staff and the time that they took to truly understand our services so that they can sell it effectively to our funders.

Harry Budisidharta, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Development Center, Grantwriting