Skilled grant writers are hard to find. Due to an increasing need to find new prospective money donors (individuals, corporations, foundations, and others), non-profits are seeking grants. They are therefore looking for professionals who can help them with grant writing.

Grant writing consists of developing and writing grant proposals. This entails consulting, needs assessments, and brainstorming, followed by setting goals and objectives. You will match project needs with available funding and the process normally involves preparing and writing documents for submission, proofreading, submitting to the funding source and follow-up.

What makes a great grant writer?

Excellent writing skills
Grant writers need not only know how to write, but need to write extremely well. A client’s success in obtaining the grant hinges in large part on the quality of the written proposal. Whether writing for a request of $1,000 for a community activity or a $5 million research project, the grant writer must clearly communicate how the funds will be effectively used to reach a worthwhile goal.

Clear understanding of the project process
A grant writer must convert clients’ ideas and concepts into a workable and concrete program, acting as the bridge between the grant applicant and the grant provider. A grant writer has to put the clients’ concepts into writing and transform them into a project that the funding institution will support. The document must assure the funding institutions that their funds will be put to the best possible uses.

Strong research skills
A grant writer needs to have strong research skills. Part of the work of the grant writer is the identification and selection of appropriate potential donors. Researching grant-making organizations and analyzing them helps to identify potential funding sources for specific projects and programs.

Discipline and organization
A grant writer must be able to keep track of grant application deadlines and follow-up on submitted applications. It is also essential to keep track of trends in the field and be aware of changes in the priorities of funding institutions, as well as new funding sources.