Grant Writer, Arts

Grant Writer, Arts


Henry Street Settlement
New York, NY 10002

Job Details


Department Overview:

The Development Department is responsible for raising funds to support Henry Street’s breadth of work, including the four programmatic divisions, organizational administration, capital projects, and long-term sustainability. The department leverages relationships with a constellation of stakeholders, including institutional foundations, government agencies, corporations, individuals, and the Henry Street Settlement Board of Trustees. The department also oversees special events, public policy, agency-wide community engagement, and volunteerism.

Job Summary:

As the Grant Writer for the Arts, you will be responsible for managing the institutional fundraising portfolio for Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street’s Visual and Performing Arts division. Your mission is to raise key funds from private foundations, government agencies, and corporate partners to support Abrons’ season of performances and exhibitions, artist residencies, and arts education programs. Duties include completing proposals, researching potential new funders, submitting required reports, managing the calendar for deadlines, and providing overall fundraising strategy.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Two (2) years of grant writing experience, including experience producing large, complex government proposals, as well as foundation and corporate proposals
  • Expertise in the arts – particularly performance, arts education, and visual arts
  • Familiarity with the arts funding landscape
  • Knowledge/interest in the social service sector
  • Proven track record of securing grants is desirable
  • Strong organization and editing skills
  • Strong database and computer skills; familiarity with Raisers Edge a plus
  • Strong ability to multi-task, and flexibility to take on new assignments as opportunities arise
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Understanding of and keen interest in policy trends, the funding climate, and other forces shaping the work
  • Ability to work both independently and to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including program staff, executive staff, funders, and external partners

  • Act as the chief institutional fundraising strategist and grant writer for the Obie-award winning Abrons Arts Center—which includes internationally known performance spaces and gallery programs, arts in the public schools, classes for the community in a range of disciplines, and artist-in-residence programs
  • Create proposals for foundations, corporations, and government agencies, managing a portfolio of approximately 35 current funders.
  • Stay informed of funding, policy, and programmatic trends in the arts
  • Collaborate with program staff on project design and budgets
  • Collaborating with the Individual Giving team, develop a strategy for engaging individual donors
  • Support Abrons’ Artistic Director in developing and managing a newly launched Artistic Advisory Board
  • Communicate accomplishments of existing programs to funders through reports
  • Identify potential partnership and funding opportunities across the individual, foundation, corporate, and government landscape, strategizing new ways of engagement
  • Act as the relationship manager to external stakeholders, including current and potential funders, effectively articulating the mission, vision, goals, and core values of Henry Street Settlement (HSS) and the Abrons Arts Center (AAC) effectively to external stakeholders, including funders and partner agencies
  • Use Raisers Edge to track all prospects, donors, proposals, reports, deadlines, and relationships
  • Support HSS with grants and reports in other program areas as needed – employment, education, shelter, health and wellness, and seniors; work with the team to edit proposals and reports in these areas
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Vice President and Associate Director

How to Apply

Apply directly through Playbill or Visit and follow the applicable job posting link.

Please include a resume and personalize cover letter.

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Henry Street Settlement offers excellent benefits and is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program



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