Grant Writer

General Responsibility: Supports the Director of Development in foundation and corporate grant fundraising. As a key member of the Development team, secures funding to realize the mission and vision of Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR). Incumbent manages the grant prospect pipeline, annual grant plan and timeline, and grant fundraising progress reports.  This is a 25 hour position  

Representative Duties:  

  • In coordination with the Director of Development, manages the full range of activities required to cultivate, prepare, submit, and meet the grant agreement requirements of 50 – 60 grant proposals per year for foundation and corporate support.   
  • Gains and maintains an understanding of HWR’s history, mission, current services and programs, and strategic initiatives; coveys agency’s mission, goals, case for need and accomplishments in writing to win grant funding approval, to retain grant funding in following years.   
  • Works with HWR’s leadership and staff to gather information necessary to apply for and report to corporate/foundation funders.   
  • Drafts written narrative for compelling grant proposals; obtains input from others and makes revisions as needed to improve the organization of the text, logic of the arguments, and communicative effectiveness of the entire document; edits, formats and uploads or submits proposals by the funders’ application due date.  
  • Understands financial statements and creates requisite budget documents, with finance and program leaders’ input, in the prescribed formats provided by funders.   
  • Complies with all grant reporting and publicity requirements as outlined by foundation/corporate donors; prepares customized acknowledgement letters as appropriate.   
  • Maintains accurate records, including the grant documents and future due dates for applications and reports in HWR’s CRM database, OneDrive folders, and physical files.   
  • Ensures that foundation and corporate grant funders receive regular written updates (e.g., newsletters) and event invitations and other related communications.  
  • Performs other duties as required.   



Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in English, Communications or Journalism, and considerable non-profit work experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:   

  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of philanthropy, particularly grant cycles, application processes and protocols, and local philanthropic foundations.
  • Some knowledge of hospice and palliative care and must be willing to acquire comprehensive knowledge of hospice and palliative care.
  • Skill in telling stories, translating ideas, concepts, and program information into thoughtful and compelling proposals
  • Ability to use data and statistics to tell a story, to support proposals and to construct SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound)
  • Ability to describe the impact of programs on those served in new and refreshed approaches to avoid redundancy and demonstrate renewed fund development efforts on an annual basis
  • Ability to plan, organize and administer programs and/or projects
  • Ability to research, compile, and analyze data
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks in a timely and effective manner
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to be at ease with ambiguity and rapid change.  
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of products, particularly Excel, a donor database, grant portals and virtual meeting technology


 This is sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to ten (10) pounds of force occasionally and some light work and lifting requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds occasionally; work requires sitting, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, standing, fingering, grasping and repetitive motions; vocal communication; hearing, and visual acuity.   Employee is not subject to adverse environmental conditions.

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio. In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

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Northern Ohio's Hospice of Choice

More than 1,000 Hospice of the Western Reserve employees and 3,000 volunteers live and work side-by-side in the same neighborhoods with our patients and families. We are privileged to have cared for more than 100,000 Northern Ohioans since our inception.