Grant Writer

Job Requisition: 6729

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Description for Grant Writer:

Under the direction of the Chief Community Services Officer or designee, researches and identifies availability, requirements, and submittal timeframes for Client eligible grant programs.  Prepares grant applications, obtains grant funding for various Client programs and projects administered through its departments and divisions.

Responsibilities for Grant Writer:

  • Work with department and division heads to determine grant needs.
  • Research and identify appropriate and relevant grant opportunities for which the Client may be eligible.
  • Develop, write, and prepare grant applications for submittal to the appropriate agencies.
  • Inform the Community Services Officer of grant applications submitted.
  • Assist in preparing periodic and final reports to granting agencies on the expenditure of grant proceeds.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.


Requirements for Grant Writer:

  • Requires excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Requires ability to interface with other city staff members for the purpose of assessing grant-eligible needs.
  • Requires the ability to maintain an effective working relationship with other Client staff members and officials from granting agencies.
  • Requires the ability to maintain accurate records and generate clear and concise reports.
  • Requires ability to meet deadlines.
  • Requires knowledge of computers and computer software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics software.
  • Requires ability to use the internet and other research tools to identify grant opportunities.
  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university including courses in English composition and basic mathematics (e.g., general education mathematics).  
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in grant writing and success in obtaining grants; or, any equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Experience in writing grants to state and/or federal agencies/entities preferred.
  • Requires a valid Illinois driver’s license


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