Whether you’re looking for a job in the grant field or wanting to hire a professional grant writer, knowledge of kinds of job titles and agencies that usually get grants, as well as skills you need is helpful. In this article, you will find common job titles and agencies who hire grant writers, as well as 5 top skills needed by grant professionals.
Grant Job Titles
If you’re a grant professional, you may hold a job that includes one of these titles…
- Freelance Grant Writers
- Management Specialists
- Program Coordinators
- Writing Specialists
Employers Who Hire Professional Grant Writers
Most U.S. grants are given to 1 of the more than 1.6 million tax-exempt agencies, sometimes called ‘non-profits’. Few people understand the wide range of tax-exempt organizations even in their own communities.
Below are types of non-profit agencies who might need your help as a professional grant writer in your state. Employers may address one or more of these issues or groups:
Addictive disorders–eating, addictive disorders–gambling, addictive disorders–smoking, amateur competitions, amateur sports, animal protection, aquariums, arts councils, arts education, arts, blood & organ banks, botanical/horticultural, boys/girls clubs, camps, churches, city government, civil liberties groups, colleges, community facilities, conservation, consumer protection, counseling, county government, crisis lines, disease-related, economic development, educational services, elementary schools, environmental education, faith-based organizations, federal government agencies, fitness, foundations, government-related, high schools, historical societies, hospitals, clinics, hot lines, housing search, independent living centers, libraries, low-income programs, mental health centers, middle schools, military, minority rights, museums, natural resources, neighborhood associations, performing arts, pollution abatement, professional associations, Scouts, senior centers, service clubs, spouse/child abuse, state government, substance abuse prevention & treatment, temporary housing, United Ways, universities, vet services, veterans, volunteerism promotion, vocational-technical schools, wildlife preservation, women’s rights, YMCA’s, youth service organizations and zoos.
4 Top Grant Writing Skills
Although titles for grant jobs vary, there are 4 basic “grant” skills most grant writers and professionals should possess, according to the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI):
- Seeking (Research/Leads)
- Project Designing
- Finding and matching grant funding to specific needs;
- Understanding of organizational development as it relates to grant research; and
- How to build and maintain relationships between funders, researchers and recipient agencies.
- Understanding how to create and develop effective programs and projects;
- Writing successful grant applications;
- Writing a convincing case for being funded;
Understanding how to create and develop management systems once grants have been received.