What is a grant writer?
As a highly-skilled professional, grant writers have expertise in working through the bureaucratic application process required to secure funding from entities such as religious organizations, universities and the federal government. Grant writers can develop and format proposals to meet the standards required by those offering the grant and ensuring submissions are well received
How do you hire a grant writer?
You can source grant writer talent on Upwork by following these three steps:
- Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in a grant writer.
- Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
- Shortlist and interview grant writers. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview.
Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of grant writer you need to complete your project.
How much does it cost to hire a grant writer?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions. Learn about the cost to hire grant writers.
How do you write a grant writer job post?
Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
Job post title
Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample grant writer job post titles:
- Grant writer needed for early education initiative
- Need help from nonprofit grant writer to help secure funding
- 501c3 business needs seasoned grant writer with funding ideas
An effective grant writer job post should include:
- Scope of work: From presentation development to recommended funding solutions, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain types of nonprofits, funding solutions, or geographic locations, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Grant writer job responsibilities
Here are some examples of grant writer job responsibilities:
- Develop and configure proposal concepts
- Conduct research and incorporate findings into final proposal
- Meet proposal deadlines and establish priorities and target dates for final submission
Grant writer job requirements and qualifications
Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in a grant writer. Here are some examples:
- Experience developing and submitting grant requests to the federal government
- Track record of securing nonprofit funding from various sources resulting from grant submissions