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The nitty-gritty: You must have a knack for research and be detail-driven. Each funder has exact guidelines that you must follow to a tee. While your proposal must be persuasive in tone, this is a form of technical writing, so save the flowery lingo. Matching a nonprofit or for-profit with a foundation grant requires a solid understanding of the mission of your client's organization and grasp of the concept or program for which funding is being sought. You'll need to create a compelling pitch for why and how the requested funding can make a difference in the outfit's immediate needs and long-term goals. Former journalists often shine in this no-nonsense line of work. This is computer-based work that can hit high gear at deadline time.
The hours: Flexible, but can ratchet up as deadlines near.
Median pay range: $17.86 to $48.51 per hour and up; part of compensation may be based on the value of the grant obtained.
Qualifications: A bachelor's degree in communications, journalism or English is often the baseline. Some jobs may be geared for those with both experience and a degree or knowledge in a specialized field — for example, engineering or medicine. A working knowledge of computer graphics is helpful because of the increased use of online technical documentation. The Association of Fundraising Professionals offers several options to obtain certification and there's a mini-grant proposal writing on the site. Grant Writing for Dummies can help get you started. Many community colleges offer grant writing certificate programs. Check out The Foundation Center online program. The center also maintains a broad database on U.S. and global grant makers. Check online job boards like The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and AARP for postings. Tip: Remember, it's not your job to get the grant, but to make the best case possible to suitable funding organizations.

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