A grants officer is a key member of many non-profit organizations and educational institutions. They research available grants and write proposals for funds that are typically provided for specified purposes; the officer also ensures that funding is used in accordance with the grant requirements. In securing grants for an organization, the officer is expected to ensure his or her organization is eligible and make sure that all grant applications and proposals are submitted in a timely manner. Many funders require reporting by the recipient, which the grant officer also oversees.
Grant officers also work within organizations that provide grants to individuals or other entities. In this situation, the officer carefully writes the description and eligibility requirements for the grant, as well as deadlines and payment schedules. The officer reviews applications for the grants and awards them, (typically through a transparent committee selection) based upon merit. The officer must then perform due diligence throughout the grant's term to ensure that the funds are spent appropriately.
Most grant officers have a business or education administration background that includes at least a bachelor's degree and a great deal of practical experience in education and/or nonprofit organizations. The grant officer must possess outstanding written communication skills, as well as some experience in the grant proposal and application process.
Grants Officer Tasks
Advises applicants on ways to improve their proposals.
Assesses and reviews grant applications for compliance issues.
Makes recommendations to awards committee regarding successful proposals.
Administers grant payments and keeps accurate record of payments.