Part-time Grant Writer

Posted by
Performing Arts Allies
Stockbridge, MA
Published 6 days ago

Performing Arts Allies ( was founded on the belief that participation in the performing arts is a fundamental component of a healthy community – bringing joy, expressing values, and bridging cultures. Performing Arts Allies’ mission is to advocate for and support performing arts education programs primarily in Western Massachusetts. We are seeking a Grant Writer to support and expand our mission.

Performing Arts Allies is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we work with and look forward to creating a positive, diverse work environment for all identities.

Position Summary

Performing Arts Allies is currently seeking an experienced, part-time grant writer to work as a consultant supporting the growth of our mission and work. This position is a key member of

Performing Arts Allies’ team and is vital to the long-term financial stability and growth of the organization.


The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.

  • Under the direction of, and in collaboration with, the Director of Development, the Professional Grant Writer is a consultant contractor responsible for advancing Performing Arts Allies’ funding partnerships by:

o  Researching and identifying a foundation prospect pipeline and qualifying prospects through outreach and submission of LOI’s.

o  Managing all foundation grants, including writing grant proposals to potential funders and coordinating the grant application process, including support materials and managing proposal submission deadlines and deliverables.

o Writing all grant application budgets in conjunction with the Director of Development and the Executive Director and tracking and reporting on all foundation grant financial requirements

o Maintain and regularly update the calendar of foundation deadlines (i.e., due dates for grant applications, reports, letters of inquiry, grant management, etc.)

  • Manage communications with foundation prospects and supporters, such as timely acknowledgement letters, etc.
  • Work closely with Director of Development and Executive Director to become familiar with grants language, and regularly update grant language to ensure that new program initiatives are accurately reflected in narratives
  • Assist Director of Development and Executive Director to develop/deliver presentations for foundation prospects and funders
  • Maintain and regularly update portfolio of foundation funders
  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities 

  • Exceptional grant writing skills, including a proven track record of success writing winning proposals
  • Experience with grant management and knowledge of grant stewardship best practices
  • Experience with grant budgeting and knowledge of the basics of nonprofit finance/accounting, including the ability to prepare budgets and expense reports that are intuitive and easy to understand
  • Experience with grant project management tools and donor databases
  • Experience with, and/or knowledge of, the institutional/foundation giving landscape
  • Excellent research/prospecting skills and experience using online grant databases
  • The ideal candidate will be an organized, detail-oriented team player with outstanding judgment, highly developed analytical abilities, interpersonal skills, and the ability to multitask
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Excellent computer proficiency, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) Google Suite and internet research skills
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, and to conduct assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion when handling sensitive materials is required
  • Familiarity with funders that support arts education, community development, and/or environmental sustainability a plus.
  • Cultural competency to collaborate and coordinate with individuals from diverse backgrounds

Required and Preferred Education, Experience and Credentials 

  • Undergraduate degree required (or an equivalent combination of training and professional work experience)
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in grant writing, grant management, or related work within the field of nonprofit development/communication
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in non-profit work, relationship management and foundation experience.
  • Comprehension of the private foundation funding process and norms.
  • Understanding of, or demonstrated ability to quickly learn, the terminology and trends in relevant sectors (e.g., performing arts education; environmental sustainability; community building) and research translation. 
  • Ability to develop materials (proposals/one-pagers/partnership concepts) through a race equity and DEI framework.
  • Proficient in understanding budgets attached to funder proposals and grants.

This position is currently virtual, with a flexible work schedule.

This position is structured as a 1099, contracted, independent consultant position with a starting salary commensurate with experience.

Application Process 

To apply please submit a copy of your resume and a cover letter listing your qualifications and interest in the position. Please note that final candidates for the position will be asked to submit a writing sample for review.


Performing Arts Allies is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.


Performing Arts Allies provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by- case basis.

Performing Arts Allies ( was founded on the belief that participation in the performing arts is a fundamental component of a healthy community – bringing joy, expressing values, and bridging cultures. Performing…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Start Date
    November 8, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    November 7, 2021


See below
commensurate with experience




Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in Engligh

Fluent in Engligh


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Stockbridge, MA 01262, USA

How to Apply

To apply, please send resume/CV and cover letter to:

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