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Emily Macaluso

Freelance Grant Writer


The Harris Theater seeks an experienced grant writer to support the Theater’s institutional giving portfolio through drafting foundation and corporate grant proposals, completing final reports, and supporting the Grants and Evaluation Coordinator on government funding requirements as needed. This is a part-time, freelance position, reporting to the Director of Development.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Grants and Evaluation Coordinator on the management of the comprehensive grant proposal and reporting calendar
  • Manage the review of foundation general operating and program-specific funding proposals
  • Write narrative copy and compile required supplemental materials, including budgets and financial statements, for interim and final reports
  • Support the Grants and Evaluation Coordinator on current government funding reporting as needed
  • Other special projects as contract allows

Experience and Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience in grant writing
  • In-depth familiarity with local, regional, and national foundation and corporate funders, particularly in the performing arts; knowledge of pandemic-related government funding is a plus
  • Proven track record of writing successful applications, including smaller grants ($5,000 – $10,000) and larger awards ($500,000 – $1m)

Hours and Compensation

  • This is a part-time, freelance position – 15 to 20 hours per week, with the opportunity to increase if mutually desired
  • Hybrid onsite/remote work with flexible hours
  • Compensation commensurate with experience, beginning at $75/hr

Instructions to Apply

Please submit a cover letter with salary expectations/fee structure, current resume or CV, and 2-3 samples from successful grant applications and/or final reports to with “Grant Writer” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL