Grant Writer

The Link

About Us:

The Link was founded in 1991 by former Minnesota Vikings players, Jim Marshall and Oscar Reed, who wanted to support youth in north Minneapolis who were being victimized by crime, getting involved in crime and who were struggling with poverty and homelessness. The Link is still based in their original vision and in north Minneapolis. The Link has grown from a two staff member organization with three programs to an organization that has 19 programs across the Twin Cities area, employs over 150 adult and youth staff members and supports nearly 3,000 youth and young families each year. The Link offers programming in three areas:


The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice.


A community supporting all youth in having equitable access and opportunity.


  • Youth: we value andincorporate youth voice into all we do. Inclusion:we respect all people, value diversity and are committed to equity.
  • Quality: we strive for program excellence through continuous improvement and evidence based practices.
  • Advancement: we aspire to lead through innovative and cutting edge programming.

Position Details

Grant Writer
Twin Cities Metro
Minneapolis, MN


The Grant Writer is responsible for management of corporate/foundation grants including research, development, writing and submission of grant applications. They will manage the grant reporting process and develop short and long term strategies for securing grants for gen op, capital and programs (in cooperation with the Development Team). In addition, the Grant Writer will maintain the donor database with respect to the grants and their funding. The Grant Writer will be asked to support written portions of marketing, giving campaigns, annual funds and the annual report. The Grant Writer will chair the Safe Harbor Advisory Board and oversee other community engagement.


A. Grants

  1. Management of all grants and grant processes including: a) The grants calendar –all tracking of grant information, b) Submissions of all grants from the department – including those completed by other staff, c) Identifying and cultivating giving programs, documents all contacts, tracks and documents progress and d) Relationships with all grant funders.
  2. Organizes and implements administrative systems to ensure an effective and efficient development effort. 
  3. Progressive understanding of the donor database by attending trainings, and continued utilization 
  4. Engages in research for donor prospecting, grants and critical issues impacting the work of The Link 
  5. Primary grant writer – writes grants for all programs and gen op within The Link 
  6. Coordinates with staff to get information needed for grant preparation – working with the Grant Implementation Form (which is part of our Quality Assurance Plan) 
  7. Will manage any grant writing staff or contracted grant writers 
  8. Works in partnership with the Corporate Engagement Officer with a focus on corporate relations 
  9. Work with CAO and CEO on grants particular to new programming. CAO will review all grants $10,000+ and CEO will review $25,000+ grants or grants including new programming.

B. Development

  1. Assists in creating/proofreading the written portion of marketing materials when needed 
  2. Assists in the creation and/or proofreading of written materials for annual report, annual fund letters and newsletters 
  3. Managing donor database for overall grant tracking, including; data input, report queries, and staff training on use of the database

C. Community Engagement

  1. Oversees the Safe Harbor Advisory Board 
  2. Represents The Link at community events 
  3. Promotes awareness of The Link and the population it serves in the community 
  4. Cultivates and maintains partnerships with affiliated organizations and individuals as directed 
  5. Increases community awareness of Link services 
  6. Promotes awareness of the needs of the target population served 
  7. Represents the organization and its point of view to agencies, organizations, and the general public 
  8. Participates in committees as appointed, internally and in the community


  • Preserve the integrity of the programs and agency 
  • Demonstrate commitment to The Link’s mission and vision and values of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Support overall growth of the agency 
  • Maintain positive and healthy relationship with co-workers and other related parties 
  • Assist where needed as a team player 
  • Create a safe, respectful, and healthy atmosphere and environment where everyone can grow and learn 
  • Participate in special projects as necessary 
  • Attend all meetings and trainings as required 
  • Positive and professional Interactions with clients, co-workers, and all parties involved 
  • Recommend changes when necessary for the betterment of the agency 
  • All other duties as assigned

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS degree in related field 
  • 3+ years of work related experience in grant writing, editing, copywriting or related field.


  • Proficient use of database, preferably Raiser’s Edge 
  • Advanced knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlook 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Excellent customer service, relationship and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent management and leadership skills 
  • Ability to travel to other agency sites 
  • Ability to manage time effectively, prioritize and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to manage several activities simultaneously 
  • Ability to work independently and with limited supervision 
  • Ability to be detail-oriented and highly organized 
  • Ability to maintain donor confidentiality 
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds 
  • Must be able to work effectively in a mission-driven agency whose clients and staff exhibit significant diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, gender orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, and religion.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License and reliable vehicle for attending fundraising and community events.


This position is a full-time, 40 hour/week position. Compensation is $24.04/hour (non-exempt) plus benefits, which currently include health insurance, dental insurance, voluntary vision plan, 401k with employer match, flex plan, short and long-term disability, life insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, birthday PTO and volunteer PTO.

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