Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty. We work with children facing the most obstacles, supporting them as they build empowerment and skills to achieve their dreams. We do this by pairing them with a paid, professional mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12+ years – no matter what.

We are currently seeking a skilled grant writing professional to join our National grants team as a Contract Grant Writer. This role can be fulfilled through a contract position or contract-to-hire.

Our next Contract Grant Writer will be a passionate advocate for children and families most impacted by systemic inequities and harmful socio-environmental patterns of poverty, discrimination, and marginalization.

The ideal candidate will be effective at amplifying the stories of the children we serve, communicating the urgency of our mission, and celebrating the success of our outcomes.This role is an integral part of the Friends of the Children – National’s contracted grant writing and management services. Provided by a team of exceptionally talented grants professionals, Friends of the Children’s National Chapter Grants Team has become an invaluable resource to the Friends of the Children network, successfully securing multi-million-dollar funding every year in support of local chapters. The Chapter Grants Team works in close partnership with executive leadership across the country to strategically build and maintain robust revenue-generating grants programs. Blending best practices with creative strategy, our Grants Team responds to each chapter’s individual needs to best serve the local community and the youth in our program.

This contract position will have direct impact on building sustainable funding for our rapidly growing network, helping us work towards our vision to make sure that every child who needs a Friend, has one. This role offers the opportunity for ongoing contract work, or the possibility to evolve into a contract-to-hire permanent full-time, salaried position with benefits.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of job-related experience in progressively responsible roles. Strong written and oral communication skills and a love of writing are a must. They will be passionate about understanding, supporting, and promoting the organization’s mission and vision for growth. They will be equally skilled at strategically identifying and aligning the organization’s work with local, regional, and national grant opportunities. They will enjoy managing detailed information regarding budgets, grant reporting, and funding prospects

Are you this amazing person? Here’s what we have to offer you:

Our work is powered by our belief in our values. We put children first; build relationships on love; commit to empowerment; pursue goals relentlessly; and demand equity. As a member of the Friends of the Children National team, the Grants Writer will work as part of a 41-person team supporting our growing national Friends of the Children network, which consists of 29 locations. This talented team is relentlessly focused on supporting our award-winning national scaling plan and dedicated to our mission to serve children across the country.

Friends of the Children is committed to the communities we serve, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace. We are fiercely committed to equity and will ensure that every aspect of the organization’s mission is executed with full engagement of the communities impacted by our work.

We offer a flexible schedule and project portfolio; contract hours range from 5 to 20 hours per week or more, subject to negotiation. This role will allow you to work remotely from your home, anywhere in the country. You will be supported by well-developed grants resources, data, and content, as well as a talented grants team of seven full-time employees, including other writers, directors, and leadership.

Curious to learn more? See the position details below.

Basic Function / Position Objective:

The Contract Grant Writer is responsible for applying a high level of technical and creative writing skill to proposals to foundations, family foundations, and corporations, and public funding partners for the purpose of soliciting funds. They lead the development of written project content and budgets for prospective expansion sites’ and chapters’ grants. This role requires the ability to professionally manage and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The Contract Grant Writer works as a part of a dynamic Grants Team and must feel a strong connection to and promote the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles, and always uphold the professionalism of the organization. This position reports to the National Grants Specialist.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Write grant proposals, fundraising-related writing projects, and reports on a timely basis as outlined on the organizational grant calendar. Ensure that grant proposals are compelling and strategic, and align with the funder’s interests and the funding opportunity.
  • Develop grant content and budgets, and prepare grant packets for submission.
  • Collaborate with national team, existing and prospective chapter leaders, to develop narrative content and budgets for proposals falling within assigned program focus areas.
  • Maintain clear and accurate written and electronic records of grant proposals, reports, and submission confirmations, including grant activity tracking in shared drives and databases.
  • Support the team in maintaining current and accurate grants calendars including tracking deliverables, due dates, and project information that supports the timely completion of projects. Keep relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth coordination of responsibilities.
  • Assist in research and identification of grants appropriate to Friends of the Children.
  • Maintain confidential information in a sensitive and appropriate manner.
  • Special projects as assigned in support of organizational objectives.

Required Education, Experience & Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field.
  • A minimum of five years of non-profit grant-writing experience, including collaboration with program management and finance to develop content and budgets.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining grant driven funding from foundations, corporations and/or public funding sources.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information for writing grant proposals, letters, articles, etc.
  • Exceptional ability to edit written materials accurately and consistently, including own work.
  • Exceptional analytical as well as intuitive abilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills result in compelling messaging and strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills. Able to plan, organize, and complete multiple grant proposals and/or reports and follow-up as required. Proven track record of meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong computer skills, and general understanding of financial principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and effectively solve problems.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain relationships and work effectively with National staff as well as leadership and development staff from local sites.
  • Ability to represent, effectively and professionally, the organization to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Willing to be flexible, with the ability to work evenings and weekends on occasion, for fundraising activities.
  • Ability to work from home and build relationships with team members virtually.


Contract Rate/Part Time: 5-20 hours/week ($40-$60 hourly) - depending on experience and location.

If mutually desired, this position has the opportunity to become a permanent full-time, salaried position with benefits, depending on satisfactory delivery of contract work. The annual salary range for full-time employee grant writers is $68,000 - $78,000 per year, depending on experience and location.


  • Remote/Virtual

Applications without cover letters will not be considered; please use this as an opportunity to show us your writing skills and convey why you want to be a Grant Writer at Friends of the Children!

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12+ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne