Cover letter for a grant writer position(5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for a grant writer position.”

Examples of cover letters for a grant writer position

When applying for a grant writer position, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for a grant writer position”

“Jax Sampson

(111) 789-3456

August 20, 2019

Dear Hiring Manager,

I learned about an opening at Foundry Marketing for a Grant Writer at the American Grant Writers’ Association Conference last week. I’m excited to be applying to a leader in the field of marketing. Foundry Marketing has been a staple in the field ever since my grandfather was an ad writer. I grew up hearing him talk about the talented writers at Foundry.

For the past three years, I have been volunteering part-time as a Grant Writer for a nonprofit organization. We work to secure funding to provide formula to low-income mothers and those who aren’t able to breastfeed. I have successfully written four grants for them that have been accepted. As well as the AGWA Conference, I also attend the conferences held by the Grant Professionals Association. I have spent the last five years learning everything I can about grant writing, including taking an online course and earning a certificate from the AGWA.

My background is in English and journalism. I graduated from Westwood University with a double major in journalism and creative writing. I have been a reporter for the Crossover Tribune for seven years. I have also published two fiction novels. During this time, I have always been interested in grant writing but wanted to gain some experience before applying. I am sufficiently experienced now to bring superb grant-writing skills to your team.

Thank you for considering this application. While it’s true I have not yet been paid for my grant writing, I have written four successful grants. I look forward to putting both my writing skills and researching abilities to use to secure the funding needed for Foundry Marketing. My heart also lies with charitable works, and I know Foundry is also involved with their community. I look forward to becoming a part of this dynamic and caring culture.


Jax Sampson”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for a grant writer position”

“Robert Gandy

The Unity Care Group Inc

1939 Williams Mine Road

Elizabeth, NJ 7201

Subject: Application for position of Grant Writer

Dear Mr. Gandy,

I read your advertisement recently for an experienced Grant Writer with a proven track record, and I am a great choice for this position for many reasons. Please find the details of the attached resume to this cover letter.

Over the last three years that I have worked as a Grant Writer for various nonprofits in the CA area; I have successfully researched, reviewed, drafted, and submitted almost one hundred grants for nonprofit companies needing everything from seed money grants to partnership grants and grants for supplies and specific programs. I have won more than half of these highly competitive grants. I completed a professional course at California Institute of Technology in Grant Writing, and have a list of clients to offer recommendations about my work ethic and quality writing. I have extensive knowledge of the grant making and writing process, have experience in working with federal and private foundation grant makers, and am dedicated to creating the most compelling and complete grants for success.

I am applying today, as I know my experience and track record could bring much success to your nonprofit in both the short term and long term vision of your company. Thanks so much for your review of this cover letter and resume.

Yours Sincerely,

(Signature hand written in blue pen ink)

William Johnson

Encl: Resume”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for a grant writer position”

“Dear Mr. Lentz:

When I learned of Clear Space’s need for an experienced and productive Grant Writer, I felt compelled to submit my resume for your review. With more than 12 years of grant writing experience—coupled with an extensive network of local resources and donors—I feel confident in my ability to significantly benefit your organization in this role.

My background has consistently been characterized by my steadfast dedication to enhancing organizational performance and achieving—and often exceeding—fundraising objectives. With success in researching policies, submitting grant proposals, and uncovering alternative funding sources, I am confident that my additional skills and qualifications will readily translate to this position and render me an invaluable asset to your team.

Consider the following highlights of my qualifications:

Leading funding efforts for nonprofit organizations in the Seattle metropolitan area focused on environmental laws and climate change initiatives; writing government and foundation grant proposals, performing interviews to fulfill grant requirements, producing QA and progress reports, and successfully securing funds to accelerate organizations’missions.

Outperforming funding objectives by 67% in a single year as a Grant Writer with the Conservation Corps.

Researching and pursuing new grant opportunities through potential corporate and community partners, and reporting to senior management accordingly.

Developing solid, trusting relationships with community members and potential donors, leveraging persuasive communication skills and articulate presentation talents to achieve or surpass objectives.

Utilizing superior organizational, interpersonal, and team-building skills to propel programs and teams to peak results.

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Professional Grant Writing, from the University of Washington.

With my record of success in writing and securing grants within the nonprofit sector, complemented by my passion for the environment and my dedication to achieving results, I will certainly surpass your expectations for this role. I look forward to discussing the position, and your organization’s needs, in further detail.

Thank you for your consideration.


Gail H. Graves”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for a grant writer position”

“Dear Mr./Ms.,

This is in regards to my job interest in the post of Grant Writer at [XXX University]. With a degree in journalism along with a proven experience in drafting proposals for receiving grants from different foundations, I am poised to become the ideal candidate for this role.

[XXX University] is one of the oldest universities in the state with a rich culture and tradition. It has been responsible for bestowing knowledge to millions of students. It would be my privilege to be part of your university and offer my contributions.

I have been working as a Grant Writer in a non-profit company [YYY Company] for 2 years. I participate in periodic meetings to understand the need for fundraising and develop proposals by reporting on organizational needs to potential sponsors. My typical duties include:

  • Develop relationships and collaborate with key partners.
  • Maintain an efficient knowledge of the organization’s history and objectives.
  • Identify grant funding opportunities.
  • Writing and submitting grant proposals for approval.
  • Providing prospective financiers with supporting documents.
  • Collaborate with the Managing Director and the Director of Development to send newsletters and promote on-site tours.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development to compile the Annual Report.
  • Maintaining records on hard copies and computer databases.

My educational background in the field of journalism has helped me to hone my research skills and identify prospective sponsors in an efficient manner. Furthermore, I am adept at understanding the operational policies and plans of the organization. With my experience and skillset, I believe I can be a great asset to your team.

Thank you for your time and patience.


[Your Name]”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for a grant writer position”

“Dear Mr. Rosales,

This letter is in response to your current ad running in the Tacoma News Tribune for the Grant Writer opening at your college. I feel that my experience and skills fit in well with your requirements and I have attached my resume for your convenience to apply for this position. I know that grants are a large part of the working capital of any college and I would bring in those needed funds if considered for this position.

I have been writing grants in this industry for more than sixteen years now and know that one that is well written is more effective than a poorly written one. My verbal and written skills are top notch and I bring an enthusiasm to each and every project I am working on. I have a deep understanding of this industry which makes me the perfect candidate as there is no background that needs to be done to get me on task.

I know that I will bring a great presence to this college and that I would be a valued member of the team at your college. I feel that it would benefit both of us to sit down and discuss your needs for a grant writer and how I can fill those needs. I can be reached at (555)-555-5555 or emailed at [email]



Ryan Cavazos

Encl: Resume”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of cover letters for a grant writer position

What are 5 things that should be in your cover letter?

Key Elements of a Cover Letter

  • Salutation.
  • Opening Paragraph.
  • Middle Paragraph.
  • Second Middle Paragraph.
  • Contact Information and Closing.

What should be avoided in a cover letter?

Things You Shouldn’t Include

  • Spelling or Grammar Errors. 
  • The Wrong Company Name or Adress
  • False information
  • Long paragraphs
  • Salary Requirements or Expectations.

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