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Grant Writer

Company: Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA)
Date Posted: September 19, 2017


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), a leading West Coast art museum, presents internationally recognized collections and exhibitions, and a broad array of cultural and educational activities.

SBMA has an immediate opening for an experienced Grant Writer to oversee the Museum’s grants program, including the research and generation of grant requests to foundations and corporations, major funding requests to individuals and family foundations, as well as progress and final reports on grants received. The Grant Writer also oversees annual granting schedules and timelines, researches new funding opportunities, and works closely with the education, curatorial, and finance departments to ensure grant requests and reports include accurate financial and other data, as well as current and persuasive descriptions of the Museum’s art education and exhibition programs. 

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Grant Writer plans and maintains the annual grants calendar, including timelines for LOIs, grant requests, and grant reports, and ensures that all requests and reports are timely, accurate, and persuasive; generates 40+ foundation and government agency grant requests annually, with the majority in the $25,000 to $100,000 range; generates funding request letters for major gifts from individual donors, museum support groups and other non-501 (c) (3) entities (in conjunction with, or pursuant to, cultivation activities on the part of the Director, the Director of Development, and/or other Museum staff members and Trustees); works with the Director of Development to expand the Museum’s corporate funding and corporate partnership programs by writing requests to underwrite or sponsor a variety of education activities, exhibitions, benefits and other fundraising events; undertakes ongoing research seeking new foundation prospects, with a focus on out-of-state granting entities; and, produces regular internal summary reports on the Museum’s grant seeking activities.   

Must possess demonstrated success as a grant writer for nonprofit organization(s) or educational institution(s); exceptional written skills; excellent organizational proficiency; ability to manage overlapping deadlines and to work effectively under pressure in a team environment. Proficiency in MS Word and Excel, experience with foundation research, and a working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or similar database) are required.  Minimum of three to five years of experience as a staff Grant Writer in a museum, arts organization, or educational institution desired; BA degree required.  Salary range is $50,000 to $55,000 and is dependent upon experience. This position is eligible for full benefits inclusive of medical, dental, vision, 403b, PTO, vacation and more.  


  • Successful Background Check is required if offered the position.
  • Please submit Resume, Cover Letter and Application with salary requirements (link at at the Career page).

Please E-mail to: (preferred)

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA  93101


Fax:  (805) 966-6840


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.