Grant Manager

The Ability Center (ACT) is a non-profit Center for Independent Living. Together, we will work to make our community the most disability friendly in the nation by increasing independence for people with disabilities, discovering true passions, and changing the community’s perception of disability.

As a Grant Manager at The Ability Center, you will play a pivotal role in securing and managing funding resources to support our mission of empowering individuals with disabilities. This role is instrumental in ensuring programs have the financial support needed to make meaningful impacts in the lives of those we serve. You will be responsible for identifying and pursuing grant opportunities, crafting persuasive grant proposals, and managing the grant lifecycle from inception to reporting. Your efforts will have a positive influence on the disability community.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Proactively identify grant opportunities that align with our mission and objectives through grant maker databases and directories, government agencies, and professional fundraising publications, web research and networking.
  • Prepare and write compelling privately and publicly funded grants and grant-related reports that effectively communicate our mission and strategic goals.
  • Conduct research to understand grantor guidelines, eligibility criteria, and funding priorities.
  • Collaborate closely with management to gather programmatic information and project needs.
  • Submit all grant proposals in compliance with grantor requirements and deadlines.
  • Oversee the full grant lifecycle, including grant acceptance, implementation, and reporting.
  • Work collaboratively with management to ensure grant funds are allocated appropriately, and objectives are met.
  • Foster positive relationships with grantors and funding agencies.
  • Act as a liaison for grant-related communications, and nurture partnerships.
  • Develop and maintain a system for tracking grant-funded activities, expenses, and outcomes.
  • Prepare timely and accurate progress reports and grant evaluations as required by grantors.
  • Ensure that The Ability Center complies with all grant-related regulations and requirements.
  • Maintain meticulous records of all grant-related documents and financial transactions.
  • Stay informed about grant writing best practices, nonprofit management, and relevant regulations.
  • May be required to travel to seminars, and/or professional meetings; some evening hours required.
  • Will be required to document work into database systems.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., nonprofit management, communications, or business). Proven experience in grant research, proposal writing, and grant management. Familiarity with disability-related issues and a passion for promoting inclusivity and empowerment. Proficiency in grant management software is a plus. Must have strong people skills, with the ability to interact and communicate in a professional manner. Ability to work collaboratively and engage effectively with external partners. Must be detail-oriented, organized, and manage multiple tasks at once. Be self-motivated and work proactively. Must have strong writing skills. Problem solving and project management experience helpful. Demonstrated knowledge using Microsoft Office, Salesforce, and Donor Perfect, along with audiovisual equipment.

Essential Physical Demands: The essential physical demands described here must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee in this position will need to remain stationary for periods of time while working in a workstation, office, or at a desk. The employee will operate/use a phone, computer, copier, and printer. The employee in this position frequently communicates with others and may do so in numerous ways as able. They may converse, convey, and exchange accurate information via phone, text, written, e-mail, or face to face.

At the Ability Center, diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of who we are. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of belonging by changing perceptions, and discovering true passions. Our employees are our most valuable asset. Your life experiences, self-expression, and unique capabilities represent our team,
and the diverse communities we serve.

ACT is an equal opportunity employer.
The Ability Center is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.
We offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefit package.


Please visit the careers page of our website to apply, including cover letter and resume.

If you need assistance during the application process, please contact Human Resources at 419-885-5733.