JOB OBJECTIVE:  The Grants Writer conducts research to determine grant availability from public sources including but not limited to local, state, and federal governments as well as private sector grantors.  Prepares grant applications, monitors fiscal management of grant funds, and monitors performance for compliance with grant objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Writes grant applications for submission to the funding source.
  • Conducts training to instruct grant recipients as to grant objectives, requirements, performance regulations and other grant related information.
  • Ensures the appropriate record keeping, grant expenditures, and performance monitoring, and grant audit preparation for all City grants.
  • Identifies needs for changes in grant fund allotments and prepares requests for grant providers.
  • Researches and identifies potential sources of funding; prepares written reports outlining grant opportunities; informs departmental grants representatives of specific grant opportunities.
  • Serves a liaison between the city and grant providers.
  • Must meet all grant criteria deadlines.
  • Maintains a database record of each grant utilizing specialized software.
  • Attend regular meetings and workshops to build rapport with grantors and other grantees.
  • Appears before funding agencies to present information required for consideration of requested grants.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily.  The requirements and preferences listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required and/or preferred.


Broad knowledge of such fields as accounting, marketing, business administration, public administration, finance, etc. Equivalent to a four-year college degree, plus 12 to 18 months related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Advanced: Word Processing, Spreadsheets

Additional Skills

  • Experience in grant writing is preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge in public administration and governmental operations is required.
  • Knowledge of grant program administration.
  • Knowledge of grant writing methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of methods and procedures for securing grant funding.
  • Ability to effectively communicate on a one-on-one basis with others
  • Ability to maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with other employees, department officials and the public
  • Ability to report to work each scheduled day, and on time

This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the essential functions and minimum qualifications of this job. The incumbent(s) may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign job-related responsibilities and tasks to this job at any time.

Certain functions are understood to be essential; these include, but are not limited to, attendance, getting along with others, working a full shift, and dealing with and working under stress.  Any essential function of this job will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant when requested, if possible.

Special Requirements

All positions with the City of Sherwood are subject to a pre-employment background check. Some positions are subject to pre-employment and random drug screening. All positions are subject to reasonable suspicion drug screening.

Miscellaneous Information

The City is committed to providing our employees with a competitive salary and benefit program. We offer our full-time employees a variety of benefit plans to meet their personal needs. All employees are required to participate in the City of Sherwood 457(b) Retirement Plan, contribute 3% of their base salary. For more specific information about the City of Sherwood’s benefit program, contact the Office of Human Resources.

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