Beginning a career as a grant writer may be done through several avenues: graduating from a post-secondary institution with a communications major, attending workshops and seminars, seeking out certification as well as joining a grant-writing organization.
- Earn a post-secondary education
Enroll in an associate or bachelor's degree program with an emphasis in communications. If available, take courses in grant writing, creative writing and non-profit communications.
- Enroll in a grant-writing training program
Organizations, such as the American Grant Writers' Association or Puget Sound Grantwriters Association, offer in-house training programs. Successful completion of such programs often leads to professional-level certification. While the program syllabus varies based on its provider, topics generally include proposal writing techniques, researching techniques, budget preparation and legal topics.
- Join a professional grant-writing organization
Demonstrate ability and professionalism by joining a professional grant-writing organization, such as the Grant Professionals Association or Association of Fundraising Professionals. Eligibility is based upon work and training experience. Typically, membership is broken down into levels. For example, as of 2014, Grant Professional Association offers student, professional and organization membership levels.
- Create a dedicated website
Establish a Web presence by creating a grant-writing website. Within its pages, upload your resume, work samples and other pertinent information. Potential clients may refer to this website to determine your skill level before offering employment.