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Working As A Grant Writer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $82,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Grant Writer Do At Center for Popular Democracy

* Prepare grant proposals and necessary supporting documentation, including developing proposed budgets for submission to potential funders.
* Work closely with senior staff in developing and transforming ideas into grant proposals.
* Coordinate and prepare narrative reports for funders.
* Maintain an up-to-date archive of general text about the organization, for use in proposals
* Perform prospect research on potential sources of funding.
* Maintain accurate database records on funding prospects
* Provide writing support for other development materials, such as the annual report and marketing collateral

What Does A Grant Writer Do At Bayada

* Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grants and RFPs to foundation, corporate and government sources
* Perform prospect research on foundations, corporations and government website to evaluate prospects for grant and RFP
* Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to corporate, foundation or government funders on current grant programs.
* Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation, corporate government donors.
* Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
* Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc

What Does A Grant Writer Do At The Salvation Army

* Be familiar with the goals and objectives, organizational structure and reporting procedures of all Salvation Army operations within the Golden State Division.
* Have a thorough understanding of the goals and objectives of Capital Campaigns to write a definitive request for support.
* Work with Officers and staff to provide the appropriate charitable grant opportunities and levels of funding
* Research new foundations for funding using Foundation Directory Online, newspapers, various resource publications, and contact sources (as provided through Officers, staff and Advisory Board members).
* Develop and maintain appropriate database to track foundations, program criteria, contacts, deadlines, grant makers funding cycle, and all other information necessary for grant seeking purposes.
* Communicate with Divisional staff to track and record corporate and foundation communication throughout the Division
* Respond to and acknowledge all solicited and unsolicited foundation gifts and/or requests in a timely fashion.
* Complete any and all other duties as assigned

What Does A Grant Writer Do At St. Croix Enterprises

* Researching grant funding opportunities and locating funding sources that complement the St.
* Croix Tribe's program needs.
* Submitting grants, making sure to follow any special instructions provided by the funding source.
* Effectively navigate federal NOFO's and CFR's.
* Staying abreast of foundation funding opportunities available via sources such as the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
* Organized and prompt in corresponding with the funding source.
* Diligent to gather required information.
* All other duties assigned in conjunction with this position.
* SUPERVISION: Director of Planning and Development Requirements

What Does A Grant Writer Do At City Harvest

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* proposals, reports, and other written materials for external audiences with
* minimal supervision.
  • Develop tailored
    * and nuanced letters of inquiry (LOIs), concept papers, proposals, and
    * stewardship materials with aptitude for compiling budgets, designing logic
    * models, and drafting compelling case statements.
  • Work collaboratively with program,
    * compliance, finance, and development staff to monitor progress towards goals
    * and ensure compliance with grant deliverables.
  • Assemble grant reporting packages for
    * submission, including letters, narratives, budgets, and presentations. 
  • Prioritize tasks to keep multiple
    * projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental
    * material required for proposals.
  • Maintain bird’s-eye view of all
    * upcoming reporting and proposal deliverable deadlines and facilitate timely
    * submission for high-quality outputs, while maintaining the donor database.
  • Act as lead program liaison to gather
    * program information and update stock materials.
  • Prepare donor briefings for senior
    * management and Board members.
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  • How To Become A Grant Writer

    A college degree is usually required for a position as a technical writer. In addition, experience with a technical subject, such as computer science, Web design, or engineering, is important.


    Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or communications. Many technical writing jobs require both a degree and knowledge in a specialized field, such as engineering, computer science, or medicine. Web design experience also is helpful because of the growing use of online technical documentation.

    Work Experience in a Related Occupation

    Some technical writers begin their careers as specialists or research assistants in a technical field. They eventually develop technical communication skills and assume primary responsibilities for technical writing. In small firms, beginning technical writers may work on projects right away; in larger companies with more standard procedures, beginners may observe experienced technical writers and interact with specialists before being assigned projects.


    Many technical writers need short-term on-the-job training to adapt to a different style of writing.

    Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

    Some associations, including the Society for Technical Communication, offer certification for technical writers. In addition, the American Medical Writers Association offers extensive continuing education programs and certificates in medical writing. These certificates are available to professionals in the medical and allied scientific communication fields.

    Although not mandatory, certification can demonstrate competence and professionalism, making candidates more attractive to employers. It can also increase a technical writer’s opportunities for advancement.


    Prospects for advancement generally include working on more complex projects and leading or training junior staff. Some technical writers become self-employed and produce work on a freelance basis.

    Important Qualities

    Communication skills. Technical writers must be able to take complex, technical information and translate it for colleagues and consumers who have nontechnical backgrounds.

    Detail oriented. Technical writers create detailed instructions for others to follow. As a result, they must be detailed and precise at every step so that the instructions can be useful.

    Imagination. Technical writers must be able to think about a procedure or product in the way a person without technical experience would think about it.

    Teamwork. Technical writers must be able to work well with others. They are almost always part of a team: with other writers; with designers, editors, and illustrators; and with the technical people whose information they are explaining.

    Technical skills. Technical writers must be able to understand highly complex information. Many technical writers need a background in engineering or computer science in order to do this.

    Writing skills. Technical communicators must have excellent writing skills to be able to explain technical information clearly.

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    Grant Writer Career Paths

    Grant Writer
    Case Manager Program Manager General Manager
    Account Manager
    5 Yearsyrs
    Case Manager Human Resources Coordinator Business Analyst
    Assistant Vice President
    7 Yearsyrs
    Writer And Editor Communications Manager
    Communications Director
    7 Yearsyrs
    Proposal Writer Communications Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
    Content Marketing Manager
    6 Yearsyrs
    Adjunct Instructor Assistant Professor Program Director
    Development Director
    9 Yearsyrs
    Grant Coordinator Program Manager Marketing Manager
    Director Of Communications And Marketing
    9 Yearsyrs
    Grant Manager
    7 Yearsyrs
    Grants Administrator Grant Manager
    Grants Director
    9 Yearsyrs
    Grants Administrator Project Manager Product Manager
    Marketing Communications Manager
    7 Yearsyrs
    Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
    Marketing Director
    7 Yearsyrs
    Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Project Manager
    Marketing Manager
    6 Yearsyrs
    Grant Coordinator Project Manager Marketing Consultant
    Marketing Strategist
    6 Yearsyrs
    Grant Manager Development Director Business Developer
    Marketing/Business Development
    8 Yearsyrs
    Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager Program Director
    Operations Director
    9 Yearsyrs
    Adjunct Faculty Chief Executive Officer Specialist
    Operations Manager
    7 Yearsyrs
    Adjunct Professor Faculty Chairperson
    Program Manager
    8 Yearsyrs
    Board Member Owner Facilities Manager
    Purchasing Manager
    9 Yearsyrs
    Chief Executive Officer Management Consultant Product Manager
    Senior Account Manager
    7 Yearsyrs
    Adjunct Instructor Instructor Program Manager
    Senior Manager
    10 Yearsyrs
    Chief Executive Officer Property Manager Communications Director
    Vice President Of Communication
    5 Yearsyrs
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    Grant Writer Demographics


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    • White

    • Hispanic or Latino

    • Asian

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    • Black or African American

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    Languages Spoken

    • Spanish

    • French

    • Italian

    • German

    • Portuguese

    • Arabic

    • Mandarin

    • Korean

    • Russian

    • Hindi

    • Hebrew

    • Japanese

    • Thai

    • Chinese

    • Dutch

    • Urdu

    • Swahili

    • Romanian

    • Norwegian

    • Dari

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    Real Grant Writer Salaries

    Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
    Technical Grant Writer The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Aug 09, 2010 $82,000
    Technical Grant Writer The University of Southern California Washington, DC Aug 09, 2010 $82,000
    Grant Writer Morgan State University Baltimore, MD Jul 01, 2013 $71,400
    Grant Writer North Shore-LIJ Health System Manhasset, NY Aug 01, 2011 $70,000
    Program Coordinator II Grant Writer San Diego State University Research Foundation San Diego, CA Apr 08, 2016 $65,219
    Grants Writer Lincoln University Lincoln University, PA Nov 24, 2009 $65,000
    Grant Writer Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Nov 16, 2015 $64,000
    Technical Grant Writer The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2014 $60,819
    Technical Writer/Grant Writer Justice & Security Strategies, Inc. Miami Gardens, FL May 15, 2016 $60,000
    Grants Writer Lincoln University Lincoln University, PA Nov 24, 2009 $60,000 -
    Grant Writer Owen Software Development Company Limited Rockville, MD Sep 16, 2014 $54,200
    Grant Writer Bard College New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $53,010
    Grant Writer Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA Jul 10, 2013 $50,000
    Grants Specialist, MSM Initiative The Foundation for Aids Research New York, NY Jul 02, 2016 $48,100
    Grants Specialist, MSM Initiative The Foundation for Aids Research New York, NY Nov 18, 2015 $48,100
    Grant Writer Americas Society, Inc. New York, NY Feb 15, 2013 $48,000

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    Top Skills for A Grant Writer


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    Top Grant Writer Skills

    1. Proposal Development
    2. Financial Reports
    3. Non-Profit Organization
    You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
    • Provided instruction on various aspects of research administration, including proposal development, administration, compliance, and research integrity.
    • Prepared quarterly federal financial reports developed and monitored monthly program budget allocations and budget justification.
    • Communicated the mission of non-profit organizations represented in order to cultivate new donors and maintain relationship with current sponsors.
    • Provided technical assistance on grant proposal writing to Program Managers.
    • Facilitated financial data entry for the Minnesota Cultural Data Project database profile.

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