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How do you hire a good grant writer?

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses that qualify for government grants, and individuals who qualify for foundation or government grants. Hiring a good grant writer can help you gain funding in your chosen field. According to the American Grant Writers’ Association, grant writers can help you research potential grant opportunities; write grant proposals, create budgets, and build budget narratives; review written materials before you submit; prepare a business plan; analyze your organization for grant competitive qualities; prepare research grants; help with 501(c)(3) applications for nonprofits; and more. Investing in the right grant writer could result in a financial win for your organization. Generally no licenses or certificates are required to be a good grant writer, but you may want to find a grant writer who has been certified (not just received a certificate of completion) by a reputable organization such as the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. Qualities to look for in a good grant writer include:

  • Proven success writing winning grants, especially in your target area.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong math skills and demonstrated proficiency with budgeting.
  • Careful attention to detail — brilliant grant proposals may be rejected just for formatting errors, so you want someone who follows instructions explicitly.
  • Expertise in your target area.
  • Punctuality and good communication skills.

How much does a grant writer cost?

Hiring a grant writer can give you a competitive edge when applying for financial grants for your business or nonprofit organization, or as an individual. The cost to hire a grant writer can vary depending on their academic background, areas of expertise, previous grant writing success and years of experience. According to the Grant Professionals Association, grant writers should be paid hourly or by flat fee. It is unethical for a grant writer to accept a commission or percentage compensation of grant monies received. They can, however, be awarded bonuses in line with the hiring company’s prevailing practices. Here are some examples of average grant writing fees:

  • Hourly rate for grant writers with less experience or fewer grants awarded: $25-$35 per hour.
  • Hourly rate for grant writers with some degree of success: $35-$75 per hour.
  • Hourly rate for grant writers with proven success winning large grants: $75-$150 or more per hour.
  • For a smaller grant, the writer may charge a flat fee of $200-$500 for preparation and submission.  

Pricing may also vary based on the complexity of the grant application. A federal grant that requires pages of research, budgets and a business plan may take more than 30 hours to prepare. For a high-level grant writer who charges $100 per hour, this means $3,000 or more in grant writing fees.

Most grant writers will provide you with a total cost estimate before agreeing to the work. You may be required to pay a deposit up front, or the grant writer may work from a retainer. Often, seasoned grant writers pay for themselves in the long run by writing successful grants.

Reviews for Florence writers
Lois O.
On very short notice and for a reasonable price - my project was completed early - I recommend this writer
Zren Films
Thumbtack Customer
Great writer, outstanding tutoring. I would highly recommend Mr. Schwaber. Great Job Mr. Schwaber Thank you
Carl's Tutoring, Writing&Public Speaking ServicesCarl's Tutoring, Writing&Public Speaking Services
Katheryn C.
Dr. Ellie is amazing! She was able to edit my dissertation chapters and find things I didn't even know to look for. She is a wonderful addition to any writers tool kit!
Dr Ellie Edits/The APA GuruDr Ellie Edits/The APA Guru
Deborah V.
Linda is amazing! I started with about 10 drafts of an essay that I thought was going nowhere, and she was able to guide me and shape my work so that it was clear and concise but still felt like me. It felt like she moved a giant block, which then gave me the confidence to apply to multiple programs when I initially only intended on applying to one. She is a great writer and editor, but also very intuitive which is what makes her exceptional at what she does. I feel lucky to have found her, and will continue to use her services. I highly recommend her!
Cup & Quill Editing, & Publication Services, LLCCup & Quill Editing, & Publication Services, LLC
Erika T.
I had a difficult time getting her to respond to my questions, She sends out a automatic response after you request info from her; she didn’t follow up after that response. I asked her what the fee was for her services and what was needed to start the grant writing process, it took 48hrs to get a response and repeating my question, and she never stated what the process was she just sent a screen shot of her price list. This is my first time seeking assistance from a grant writer and some direction as to what the process entails would have been helpful. Her tone in her response was unprofessional and distasteful. I am seeking the assistance from someone else.
Professional Grant Writing ✍️Professional Grant Writing ✍️
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