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This post presents where Grant Writers work. Others in the series will present when they work, what they do, what tools they use, what skills they need, and common career paths.


Where Grant Writers Work

Grant Writers work in many kinds of organizations, large and small. They work in cities, suburbs, and rural towns. Many Grant Writers work in offices; others work at home or on the road as consultants.


Many of the non-profit and community-based organizations where Grant Writers work may have fewer than 50 employees. Other kinds of organizations where they work – such as school districts and local or state governments – may have more than 2,000 employees. If Grant Writers work as consultants, they may work alone or as part of a consulting firm with any number of other consultants.


Among the typical kinds of organizations where Grant Writers work are:

  • Universities and colleges (institutions of higher education)
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Multifunctional service agencies
  • School districts (particularly larger ones)
  • Federally recognized American Indian tribes and nations
  • Local and state units of government
  • For-profit corporations
  • Consulting firms


In the United States of America, the geographic distribution of Grant Writers is largely consistent with general population distribution. As one might expect, larger cities and larger metropolitan areas tend to have more opportunities for Grant Writers than the smaller ones. Among such larger metro areas with more numerous Grant Writers in 2017 are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Phoenix, Seattle, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco.


In addition, the country’s more populous states tend to have more Grant Writers than the less populous ones. Among such states in 2017 are California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, and Michigan.


Despite these urban distribution tendencies, Grant Writers also often work in high-poverty rural areas where social and economic needs are both chronic and acute.


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