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Grant Writer



Waymaker Group is looking for a new team member to join our fast-growing consulting firm of dynamic individuals working to expand innovation districts across the U.S. We are seeking a skilled Grant Writer with specialized experience in securing federal funding from agencies like the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The successful candidate will play a critical role in developing and writing grant proposals tailored to various federal agencies' requirements, contributing to the realization of our clients' strategic goals and objectives. This role will work alongside the Grant Services Team. Waymaker Group’s team is committed to supporting each other and, as with many small businesses, your job responsibilities will vary and will not be confined to the specific responsibilities outlined for this role.


About Waymaker Group

Waymaker Group is a full-service technology-based economic development firm focused on helping city leaders plan and fund mixed-use innovation districts. We develop clusters, attract anchor tenants, build diverse talent pipelines, and propel inclusive growth. Our goal is to inspire and engage our clients by taking the time to understand their unique market and introducing them to national innovation district best practices. Ultimately, we work with them to implement funding and programming plans. In the last three years, we’ve grown our portfolio from one city to twenty-five and expanded our team to include nationally renowned, hands-on experts. Together, with our clients, we jumpstart innovation districts by securing funding and getting shovels in the ground in half the time.


Just like the cities we serve, Waymaker Group values all individuals' unique roots and histories. We are committed to building a team that supports the strength in diverse backgrounds to better serve our clients and each other. Waymaker Group’s employment decisions are based on business need, job requirements, and individual qualifications. We welcome all candidates regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Waymaker Group is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer.



  • Research, identify, and evaluate federal funding opportunities across a range of agencies, including but not limited to the Economic Development Administration (EDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to conceptualize, develop, and articulate innovative project proposals that align with federal agency priorities and funding guidelines.

  • Lead the grant writing process, from initial proposal development through submission, ensuring adherence to agency-specific requirements, formatting guidelines, and evaluation criteria.

  • Contribute expertise in federal grant writing, leveraging knowledge of agency expectations and best practices to craft compelling narratives and competitive grant applications.

  • Conduct comprehensive literature reviews, gather relevant data, and synthesize technical information to support grant narratives, objectives, and budget justifications.

  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders to collect necessary documentation, letters of support, and supplementary materials to strengthen grant applications.

  • Manage grant submission logistics, including online portals and electronic submissions, ensuring timely and accurate delivery of proposals.

  • Facilitate communication with federal program officers and agency representatives to address questions, provide clarifications, and advocate for proposed projects.

  • Monitor awarded grants, assisting with progress reporting, budget modifications, and compliance with federal regulations and reporting requirements.



  • Proven track record of successful grant writing and fundraising of complex, consortium-based grants ($1M+ awards), with specific experience securing federal funding from agencies such as EDA, NIH, NSF, or others.

  • STEM background preferred

  • In-depth knowledge of federal grant application processes, review criteria, and funding mechanisms.

  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills, with meticulous attention to detail and the ability to convey complex ideas concisely.

  • Strong analytical and research skills, with the ability to synthesize technical information and data to support grant proposals.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, coordinating inputs from diverse stakeholders to develop cohesive grant applications.

  • Familiarity with federal grant management systems, online submission platforms (e.g.,, and compliance standards for federally funded projects.

  • Highly organized, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment.


If you don’t have all of these qualifications but have other relevant skills or experience that you think make you a good fit for this role, we encourage you to apply and speak to those attributes in your cover letter.


Salary & Benefits

  • The Grant Writer Consultant role is a part-time, project-based consultant position. Hours will fluctuate but we anticipate needing 30-35 hr/wk of support this summer (2024). There will be a 90-day trial period at the end of which a review will be conducted and the extension of the initial contract will be discussed.

  • Consultant fees range from $50-70/hr.

  • This position is remote with work hours that are flexible but deadline-centric.


To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample demonstrating successful federal grant writing experience to


Anticipated Hire Date: As soon as possible.

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