Catholic Charities of Madison
  • Madison, WI, USA
  • Part Time

Benefits include: health, dental, life, short and long term disability, vacation and sick time, as well as 10 holidays!

The Grant Writer is responsible for the grants process from prospecting to proposal writing and submission, to creating a grants calendar of funders to annual reporting of outcomes.  This position helps capture impact, quantitatively and qualitatively, in collaboration with the leadership and program teams. The Grant Writer will secure supplemental funding for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects from foundations and other funders for Catholic Charities programs and related entities. She/he is a key member of the five-member Development and Communications team.


This position is part time at 20 hours a week



  • Research grant opportunities to identify potential funding sources for specific projects and programs.
  • Work with Program Directors and Finance Departments to compile necessary data and financials.
  • Create, monitor and maintain a grants management system, including electronic files, and calendar of activities.
  • Create annual grant proposal and report templates.
  • Write and submit proposals, Letters of Intent (LOIs) and required grant reports.
  • Write clear, concise, articulate, and persuasive proposals in a timely manner.
  • Communicate funder guidelines and requirements to Program, Finance, Marketing and Development.
  • Position works collaboratively with the Director of Development & Communications, Director of Finance, Program Directors, members of the Development Team and Finance Team.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending workshops and continuing education.
  • Initiate relationships with foundation and corporate grant contacts and help connect with internal agency leadership.



  • Bachelor's degree in English, communications, or journalism preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of one year's experience in grant writing and prospect research
  • Outstanding organizational, research, writing and verbal communication, and time management skills
  • Background in nonprofit preferred
  • Self-driven, goal-oriented and results-driven
  • Ability to plan and manage projects and track funders
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, maintain strong relationships and work independently
  • Knowledge of local foundations/funders preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, spreadsheets and Internet research; donor database experience helpful
  • Strong work ethic, integrity, interpersonal skills, and professionalism
  • Preferred candidates will have experience securing grants ranging from $500 to $25,000
  • Commitment to Catholic Charities Mission of Providing Caring, Compassionate Services to the Poor and Vulnerable

Changing Lives. Serving All. Employing All. The heart of our mission is compassionate, caring services for the poor and vulnerable. 


Catholic Charities was founded in 1946 and is a private, nonprofit organization serving people in an 11 county area in south-central Wisconsin. The agency helps people of all ages deal with mental health issues, face transitions in life, reach for their potential despite special challenges, heal from abuse or addiction and secure emergency services. In 2014, 30,000 people benefited from agency programs provided by 330 employees and 1,000+ volunteers.


We serve those in need regardless of religion, race, social or economic status. We serve and employ persons regardless of sexual orientation, religious, ethnic, racial or social background. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We encourage women and minorities to apply.


Employees enjoy a supportive work environment and competitive pay. Full-time employees are eligible for health and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement savings plan, health cafeteria plan, sick pay and generous paid vacation time. Retirement plan offered to part-time employees working 20+ hours per week, as well as pro-rated sick and vacation time.


Catholic Charities is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion. We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


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