Grant Coordinators and Writers

Grant coordinators are responsible for managing 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 more than 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.

Quick Facts
Duties Manage all grant-funded programs for nonprofit organizations (grant coordinator); write grant proposals to potential funders (grant writer)
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Journalism
Experience Previous experience in entry-level fund-raising positions is required
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Nonprofit Manager or Director
  • Grant Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • Entry-Level Nonprofit Worker

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