Grants Assistant

Maryland Humanities recently launched Strengthening the Humanities Investment in Nonprofits for Equity (SHINE). With this initiative, Maryland Humanities’ is now funding general operating support to humanities nonprofits in Maryland. We have been actively adjusting our grant practices over the past few years with a focus on equity and accessibility. Since 2020, we’ve had the opportunity to award $1.425 million in COVID-relief funds–all as general operating support grants. With SHINE, Maryland Humanities takes the next step in our grantmaking evolution and aims to lower barriers and provide funding in a more equitable way to organizations statewide.

In order to administer the first round of grants this fall, we are in need of a consultant to assist with grants administration. This will be a short-term contract from September-December, 20 hours a week at $50/per hour. This is a 1099 position and does not include benefits or paid leave. This is a perfect position for someone with interest or experience in equitable grantmaking, grants administration, data entry, or humanities organizations in Maryland.


• Working with the Program Coordinator, Grants and Community Engagement and other relevant staff to ensure smooth processing of grants
• Providing technical support for the online grant application system to both applicants and grants committee members
• Monitoring the flow of grant applications to ensure prompt responses to applicants
• Updating grant event and financial logs
• Maintaining online files (applications, award packages, final reports, etc.)
• Maintaining processes in the grant application database
• Vetting grant applicants in accordance with Maryland Humanities’ subrecipient monitoring policies
• Updating grantee contact information
• Assisting with the grants database to provide accurate reports on awardees and for reporting to internal and external stakeholders


• Familiarity with grant-making approaches, administration, and processes
• Outstanding organizational skills
• Excellent attention to detail
• Experience with some database and/or application software experience preferred, Foundant and eTapestry experience a plus
• Ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively
• Commitment to Maryland Humanities’ mission, vision, and values

To Apply: Please prepare the following materials: résumé and a brief cover letter via email to with the subject line as “Grants Assistant;” no phone calls please. Search will remain open until filled.