Grant Coordinators and Writers

Grant Writer Drafts a Proposal

Grant coordinators manage all grant-funded programs for nonprofit organizations. Grant writers handle the actual creation and preparation of proposals to potential funders. In smaller organizations, both jobs may be handled by the same person. Both grant coordinators and grant writers may work for schools, local governments, social service agencies, and other organizations to oversee all aspects of grant funding. The Association of Fundraising Professionals reports that it has nearly 30,000 members employed at a variety of nonprofit organizations, including those in the arts, social service, health care, and educational fields, as well as at private consulting firms around the country.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Manage all grant-funded programs for nonprofit organizations (grant coordinator); write grant proposals to potential funders (grant writer)
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Journalism
Experience Previous experience in entry-level fund-raising positions is required
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Nonprofit Manager or Director
  • Grant Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • Entry-Level Nonprofit Worker