Grants Manager

Inspirica (formerly St. Luke’s LifeWorks) mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives.  We are one the largest providers of services to the homeless in Connecticut.  Each night, we house 350 people (1,050 per year, including 250 children). Our residential facilities include emergency shelters, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and deeply affordable housing.  We serve individuals across the spectrum of the homeless, including single men, single women, families, people with mental illness, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Inspirica is one of only a few organizations nationally that is able to address both the physical component of homelessness (residential services) and its underlying root causes (support services) on a single, powerful, end-to-end platform. In addition to housing, we provide vocational training, workforce education, job placement, housing placement, job & housing retention support, children's services, early childhood & parenting services, case management etc. We further collaborate with a vast array of external partners to provide medical/dental care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment etc.

Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives.

Our principles are to be a results oriented, cost-effective organization with a caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers who believe in individual human potential, personal accountability and mutual respect.

The Grants Manager will join a Development team of 4 people, and report to the Chief Development Officer (a role currently being filled by Inspirica’s Chief Executive Officer).  Working closely with the Chief Development Officer, the Grants Manager will manage and carry out all aspects of the application and reporting process for corporate and foundation grants as well as for certain local and regrant programs. Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and writing grant proposals, concept notes, letters of inquiry and reports.

  • Maintaining the grants calendar and donor information within the Raiser’s Edge database.

  • Ensuring timely submission of grant applications and reports, as well as progress reports to donors.

  • Performing research to evaluate prospects for grants and investigating new sources of funding.

  • Cultivating relationships with public, private and corporate foundations.

  • Interviewing relevant stakeholders and coordinating with key program staff to develop effective proposals in support of both specific and general organizational priorities.

  • Ensuring that all proposals/reports reflect the objectives of the grantor, advance the goals of Inspirica and the grantor, include metrics that demonstrate meaningful impact, and adequately meet the funding needs of specific programs being supported by the grant.

  • Working with relevant fundraising and program staff to ensure that all grant requirements are met.

  • Working closely with the finance department on budgetary aspects of grant proposals/reports, including monitoring grant expenditures.

  • Drafting acknowledgement letters for grants received.

  • Arranging for and helping prepare and host site visits.


The ideal candidate will ideally have at least three years’ experience in the field of not-for-profit development/fundraising with significant grant writing experience.  He/she will be a proven self-starter who is motivated by Inspirica’s mission to serve the homeless.  Additionally, he/she will:

  • Strong research experience.

  • Have superior written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proven ability to prioritize, plan and track work activities.

  • Ability to be flexible and handle multiple priorities under tight time constraints.

  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or similar system preferred.

  • Demonstrated track record in writing successful proposals.

Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred. Candidates should submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample by e-mail with “Grants Manager” as the subject line to: 

Inspirica is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, race, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, veteran status, the presence of a non-job related handicap, or any other legally protected status.gally protected status.