Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: Are you an ace wordsmith with a knack for finding funds? Can you research the facts and frame a great argument? Many nonprofits rely on grants to keep the lights on and most can’t afford to hire a professional writer full-time. That’s where people like you come in.

Amava Take: There are so many organizations doing good deeds and competing for limited funds. If you have writing chops this could be a great way to do mission-driven work.

From the Front Lines: 

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

People who can write clearly and concisely and can frame an argument with thorough research.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Getting a solid understanding of the organization’s mission, projects and plans will make it easier to find the right grants.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

It’s a combination of research and writing on deadline and meetings with key people at the organization. Meeting hours are typically during the business day but your writing schedule is up to you.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

The prospect of doing good for others so they can keep doing good for others is very rewarding. 

How would you describe the hard parts?

The looming deadlines are stressful because there is no wiggle room. 

What surprised you the most about the experience?

Numbers tell a story. I interfaced with the accounting folks quite a bit!

Special Requirements: Nothing specific other than being an experienced and capable writer. Workshops and courses can help you hone your skills if you’ve never done it or have been out of the loop for a bit. The American Grant Writers Association has information, online courses and other resources to get you started. The Grant Professionals Association is another good resource packed with information.

Finding a Position: This article in Forbes can offer you some insight and direction. The National Grants Management Association has a job search board. You can also check in with your favorite nonprofit organization and offer your services or search online using the term “grant writer” and your city and state. If you’re looking to get some experience under your belt, check in with your favorite nonprofits or search on volunteering websites and do some volunteer grant writing. It’s a great way to give back and learn on the job.