Tribal Grant Writer/Planner

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Lower Sioux Indian Community

JOB TITLE:                Tribal Grant Writer/Planner

DEPARTMENT:         Planning

REPORTS TO:           Tribal Planner/Grant Writer

FLSA STATUS:           Non-Exempt
SALARY:                    Negotiable


The main function of a Tribal Grant Writer/Planner is preparing proposals and grant applications, research, identify, develop, and respond to public and private grant opportunities. A Tribal Grant Writer/Planner must be an excellent researcher who not only finds the funding organization whose grants match with the priorities of the Lower Sioux Indian Community, but also must be an intelligent writer who knows how to properly appeal to the funding organizations. The incumbent’s secondary function will also provide some time for planning, development, and to gather documentation and fulfill the necessary requirements of various funding bodies to formally seek funding on behalf of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. The third focus will be assisting with reporting as well as facilitating the transferal of grants to program staff or Directors as needed.


  • A. Degree required or comparable experience with grant writing and planning.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Track record of successful grant writing for Native communities.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.


  • Assist Tribal Planner/Grant Writer to meet the Community’s comprehensive community-wide strategic plan and phased implementation plans through the acquisition of resources and funding.
  • Prepares major grant applications individually or as a member of a staff team assigned to the task.
  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals.
  • Provide Grant planning support to the Tribe to develop short and long-term program development and sustainability goals.
  • Compiles data for use in making grant applications; summarizes information from reports, field and file investigations, maps, notes, and all other available sources; conducts filed interviews and makes surveys of conditions of the Lower Sioux Indian Community and the immediate region which may affect grant applications and administration.
  • Serve as a planning department liaison to Tribal Departments for grants.
  • Monitor local, state and federal notices of hearing, rule changes and funding opportunities.
  • Perform prospect research on grant opportunities and new program areas to match the community’s priorities using research tools.
  • Understanding of the history and programs of the Lower Sioux Indian Community.
  • Helps build relationships and contacts with foundation and public funding agencies.
  • Conducts public speaking to help sustain relationships that support the tribe’s funding and planning.
  • Helps with reports as needed
  • Develops and maintains a grant database consisting of grants.
  • Attend Tribal meetings.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated experience in program planning, researching, and writing successful funding proposals.
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel) and database management skills.
  • Ability to understand the needs of both the Lower Sioux Indian Community and the organization that is offering the grant money.
  • Both a big picture thinker and professional with high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for grant prospect research.
  • Strong contributor in team environments


This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all the responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management and Community Council reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs or technical developments).

In accepting employment, I am agreeing to perform the duties and responsibilities listed above.  In addition, I agree to adhere to any policy or procedure changes that may occur during my employment with the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

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