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Grant Coordinators and Writers

History

The first recorded government research grant was given to the inventor Samuel Morse in 1842. In the United States, the amount of grants funding has grown consistently and dramatically since that time. More private foundations began bestowing grants when it became clear how much help they could provide to all types of nonprofit groups. Government agencies have increased grants funding, especially in the sciences, recognizing that these grants help U.S. scientists and inventors stay on the cutting edge of new technology.

It is only in the last few decades that the positions of grant coordinator and grant writer have come into being. Organizing and writing grant proposals was usually assigned to various employees (who had other job duties) in each nonprofit agency. Now more and more agencies are recognizing the value of having separate grant coordinators and writers who work solely on grants for the agency.

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