Megan Hill has written grants as both an in-house grant writer and as a consultant. A writer by trade, Megan draws on her passion for service and nonprofit work.
Megan has a background in journalism and nonprofit work, which she puts to good use interviewing development staff, executive directors, and program staff before writing a grant. Megan is a Certified Grant Writer and a member of the Puget Sound Grant Writers Association and the Northwest Development Officers Association. She founded Professional Grant Writers as a solo venture in 2008 and has built a business that works with nonprofits around the world.
Over the last decade, Laura has worked in a variety of nonprofit settings focusing primarily on grant writing and creating strategies to expand development portfolios.
Additionally, she has experience with the entire grant life cycle from prospecting for potential funders to stewardship activities. With a degree in psychology and women’s studies, Laura brings grant writing expertise from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, public health, youth development, and education. She has submitted over 40 federal grant proposals to the National Institutes of Health, to help find solutions to chronic pain management in patients with brain injury and spinal cord injury. Laura has also successfully written grants to improve educational and health opportunities for hundreds of low-income and minority youth.
Cass has more than 10 years of experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors, with a focus on international youth development, healthcare, education, and child welfare.
She has raised thousands of dollars for multiple organizations through grants, direct mail, and major gift programs. Cass is passionate about helping organizations reach their full potential through abundant funding, and is always looking forward to learning more about what nonprofits are doing to make our world a better place! Her commitment to clients includes clear communication, excellent writing, impeccable attention to detail, and firm deadlines.
Marian Chambers has an undergraduate in political science and a master’s degree in public administration. She has written grant applications which secured over $180,000,000 for projects.
Her specialties include environmental stewardship, watershed remediation, infrastructure development, housing rehabilitation, blight removal, economic development, education, and non-profit initiatives. She was a grant administrator for an R1 university and she currently works as the foundation and corporate relation officer for one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation. Marian has applied for grants from the Rural Utilities Service, Army Corp of Engineers, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Defense, Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, and others. She has experience working with foundations including Andrew Mellon Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation, Hillman Foundation, Eberly Foundation, Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation, and others.
Beth has more than 30 years of experience working for non-profit organizations, both in the higher education and health care fields.
She began her career writing grants on behalf of a substance abuse treatment organization, supporting clinicians in submitting funding applications to various state and federal agencies, primarily in the areas of opiate addiction and AIDS prevention. She subsequently worked with physicians and researchers at a teaching hospital, preparing grant applications ranging in scope from breast cancer research to the establishment of a physician’s assistant program to end-of-life decision-making and palliative care. Beth later worked for a small liberal college and wrote successful proposals to a wide range of funders. Beth has always identified first and foremost as a writer, and is most satisfied when she has opportunities to use her love of the written word and her strengths in conceptual synthesis to support mission-driven institutions and projects.
Marsha Marshall has more than a decade of nonprofit and grants experience
Marsha’s educational background, MPH and PhD in Public Health, has allowed her to create narrative and use compelling story telling through a public health lens. Her professional experience with grants began in 2010 when she served as a Grant Reviewer for the Susan G. Komen Foundation Greater Atlanta Affiliate. Marsha continued her career in nonprofits serving as the Director of Development for a charitable clinic and the Grants Manager for the largest homeless shelter program in the southeastern United States. As Director of Development, Marsha tripled the organization’s revenue by securing more than $350,000 in first time grants and managed a $750,000 two-year capital campaign which met 93% of its goal in the first year. More recently, Marsha has contributed to a 209% increase in grant funding for a faith-based nonprofit organization providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
As an independent grant consultant, Marsha has been successful with identifying and securing private foundation and federal funding for organizations focusing on agriculture, environmental sustainability, faith-based initiatives, disabilities, health and human services, workforce development, and youth mentoring. She has submitted grant proposals for organizations throughout the United States totaling more than 4 million dollars. Additionally, she has facilitated workshops on How to Start Nonprofits, Getting Grants Ready, The Do’s and Don’ts of Grant Writing, and Strategic Planning. Marsha also serves on an objective review committee for federal grants.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience in nonprofit development, Marsha aims to help nonprofits become and remain financially sustainable and make long lasting impacts in their communities.
Lauren Ingold joins us from Asheboro, North Carolina. With years working as a grant writer in the nonprofit sector, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a concentration in Communications and a minor in Human Relations from High Point University.
Lauren has completed a Grant Writing Certification from Guilford College and is currently enrolled at Northwestern Kellogg School of Nonprofit Development Executive Education program. She is a member of the Grant Professionals Association and is preparing to take her GPA Certification exam this coming year.
Melanie has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public service sectors and has helped dozens of non-profit and for-profit entities secure grant funding from private, state, and federal grant sources.
She uses a highly collaborative, efficient approach to develop grant-worthy proposals and has generated funding for projects in diverse sectors, including youth development, literacy, education, renewable energy, agriculture, community development, outdoor recreation, and the arts. An experienced journalist, editor, and project management consultant, Melanie brings a broad band of expertise to each project, helping clients identify resources and strategies to advance their organization goals. Melanie is a certified grant writer and alumnus of Bates College and the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Brittani Robinson is a grant writer with over 15+ years of public health experience. Her work has centered around addressing social determinants of health, chronic and infectious diseases, maternal and child health and international health systems.
Brittani received her Bachelor’s degree at Pomona College and her Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. Her career began at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducting surveillance on hidden populations for the HIV epidemic. Since then, her career has given her the opportunity to tackle several public health issues in the US, Caribbean, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Her grant writing experience began in 2013 with Orion Research Group, writing grants for nonprofits in the Greater Atlanta area totaling $1.5M in new funding. Brittani’s experience has since grown, covering topics such as chronic diseases, women’s empowerment, education, maternal and child health, tech, food security, infectious diseases and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) for those in resource-poor regions. She has raised ~$57M, for programs in several countries. She is familiar with major funding mechanisms such as the CDC, USAID, Global Fund, DFiD, DREAMS, and other bilateral, multilateral and private donors.
Brittani has held various positions in the nonprofit sector ranging from program development, monitoring and evaluation, budget development, and compliance. These experiences have further strengthened her proposal development capabilities and better prepared her to determine the core needs of a project from conception to completion.
Founded by Megan Hill in 2007, Professional Grant Writers works with nonprofit organizations to identify and apply for grants to fund their programs. To date, we’ve helped more than 90 nonprofits to apply for thousands of grants to foundations, corporations, and state and federal government entities.
PGW is wonderful. Their work is well researched and carefully written. One of the things I love about working with PGW is that they get energized by projects that are often put on the back burner like researching a new government grant opportunity or improving the organization of the grants calendar. Partnering with the team has cleared up time for me to focus on what matters most: the relationships with funders.
We've been working with Professional Grant Writers for two years now and their services have become critical to our operations. CEO Megan Hill matched us with a perfect copywriter immediately who had an extensive non-profit background and exceeded our expectations. We haven't had one regret or pain-point since. As our needs have grown, PGW's services have grown with us - from copywriting to grant research to grant writing and management. I am always looking for consultants who will go above and beyond because that's what I ask of myself and my staff. PGW goes above and beyond. I count them as one of the most valuable consultant relationships we have
Professional Grant Writers helped Komera take a fresh look at how we describe our programs to potential partners. They were incredibly helpful in research and setting up potential funding opportunities. It certainly made my life easier to have them as a partner!
All went very well! Laura did a great job with the write ups and was very patient with our African partners and their last minute submissions. Both grants are in and we are hopeful! We look forward working with Professional Grant Writers again on the next round of grants!
We greatly enjoyed working with Professional Grant Writers in the construction of a rural telehealth grant application. We found the work to be thorough, diligent, creative, timely, on time and on budget. Given the satisfaction with the work, we have chosen to enter into a long term contract with Professional Grant Writers. We look forward to many successful grant applications!
Our environmental non-profit has been working closely with Professional Grant Writers for the past several months and we could not be happier with the quality of their work and the service they are providing us. I have been particularly impressed with Professional Grant Writers’ ability to understand the complex issues we are dealing with, and their ability to translate those into understandable and compelling documents for potential grantors. Their experience and exceptional professionalism, combined with their sincere personal care and involvement in ensuring our success, make them perfect team members in guiding us through the ins and outs of acquiring grants. Our view is that they are a permanent and vitally important part of our organization.
Megan and her team are prompt and professional. They helped me understand the documentation I needed to be eligible for various grants. They did extensive research and found a variety of grants for which our foundation qualifies. If you want expertise and excellent service, Professional Grant Writers is the team you want!
It is very difficult for new nonprofits to successfully apply for a grant. Most funders look for a long track record of success before even considering your application. And they’ll likely ask for three years of financial records as a requirement for submission. Further, you’ll likely be competing with long-established nonprofits for very limited grant money. There are a few exceptions, so we encourage you to check with us, but know that we may not encourage you to write a grant right away. If that’s the case, we may be able to help you work towards becoming “grant ready.”
We offer a range of grant writing services, including identifying grant opportunities to drafting grant applications to governments, corporations, and foundations to editing and consulting. We also help our clients develop long-term relationships with funders through assisting with site visits, advising on funder communications, and writing grant reports. Here’s a full list of our grant writing services.
There are very few grants available for starting a business. The vast majority of grant opportunities available are targeted toward nonprofit organizations. If you’re looking to launch a for-profit business with a grant, we suggest looking at opportunities through the Small Business Administration.
Our prices vary depending on the complexity of the project. When you contact us, we’ll discuss your organization’s grant history as well as your current needs. From there, we can offer a price estimate for the project. If, as we work, we think the price will exceed the original estimate, we’ll notify you as soon as possible. Our goal is to never surprise you with the invoice amount.
As a team, we’ve written thousands of grants for a wide variety of organizations. We can help with small and large foundation grants, grants to corporations, and government grants. Our specialties range from environmental sustainability to health and human services to education and community development. Our services page has more information regarding our work.
There are many factors that influence a grant’s success: the strength of the applicant’s programs, board of directors, finances, objectives, and accomplishments; the funder’s (sometimes undisclosed) preferences; the competing applicants; and more. These factors are outside the grant writer’s influence; for that reason, we don’t track our firm’s grant writing success rate. We do, however, have a long track record of working with repeat clients who can attest to our skills and contributions.
Yes! We work remotely with all of our clients, using email and phone calls to communicate. We’ve honed our communication processes over the years to ensure we’re efficient and effective at gathering everything we need to write a highly competitive grant application.
It’s considered unethical for grant writers to work on commission. We require payment after the project is complete, regardless of outcome. For more information on this topic, check out this blog entry.
We suggest partnering with a nonprofit consultancy that offers strategic and business planning, board development, major and capital campaigns, individual giving campaigns, and annual fundraising services, all of which provides a more holistic approach to raising funds for nonprofits that need help in this area.