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 with her skills as a writer.
Megan has a background in both journalism and nonprofit work, which she puts to good use interviewing development staff, executive directors, and program staff before writing a grant. Her grant writing efforts have raised $2 million a year on average. Megan is a Certified Grant Writer and a member of the Puget Sound Grant Writers Association and the Northwest Development Officers Association.
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.
Gwen Wright-Thornton is a graduate from Grand Canyon University and is presently in the graduate program working on her PHD in Psychology. She considers grant writing her life’s work and has successfully procured funding for notable youth organizations,
cultural centers, health care facilities, and other nonprofits. She has experience in federal and foundation funding, corporate sponsorship, and concept papers.
Barbara has over 20 years of experience in working with non-profits across the United States, in Europe and African to create and successfully fund strategic programming in the education, healthcare, behavioral health and social service arenas. Working as a development professional, independent consultant and foundation program officer, Barbara has acquired a unique set of skills to help organizations fulfill their mission and meet the needs of those they are dedicated to helping. One consistent focus of Barbara’s work has been the creation of high-level collaborations between non-profit organizations, government entities, for-profit companies and funding institutions resulting in the maximization of positive impact.
Barbara has an undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and taught at the university level for 18 years. Those academic pursuits helped Barbara hone her writing, research and presentation skills – all of which have become the trademark of her work in the fund development field.
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 including environmental stewardship, watershed remediation, infrastructure development, housing rehabilitation, blight removal, economic development, education, and non-profit initiatives. Additionally, she works as a writer and reviewer for a national consulting company; in that capacity she helped to secure over twelve million dollars in two years.
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. Ms. Chambers has experience working with grants from agencies including 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.
Rachael has nearly a decade of diverse experience in the nonprofit sector, ranging from business development for an international development firm, to overseeing all aspects of development for a small women’s rights advocacy organization. Currently, she works as a staff grant writer for a leading domestic violence service provider agency where she is responsible for a portfolio of over $2 million annually and engaged in all aspects of the grant life cycle. Most recently, she secured over $3 million in city-funded support for two major programs.
Rachael has a graduate degree in international development and a passion for social change. She has developed successful proposals for a range of funders, from city, state, federal, and international government agencies, to major foundations and corporate donors. Understanding the needs of a prospective donor and balancing a compelling narrative with strong data and outcomes are among her major strengths. Trained in logical framework development, Rachael has an excellent understanding of how to develop programs and report on impact. Topic area expertise includes: international development and human security, a broad range of women’s issues, gender-based violence, workforce development, housing and homelessness, outreach and advocacy, childhood development, microenterprise and social entrepreneurship.
Michelle has 20 plus years experience in global communications and fundraising with projects and roles that span Asia, Europe and North America. For the past decade, Michelle has focused on working with global non profit organizations to help them with fund development, grant and report writing, events, and strategic planning.
Michelle is based in Providence, Rhode Island, loves to travel, and is committed to contributing to vibrant philanthropic communities and missions in the U.S. and globally.
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.
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.
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!
1. What types of grants do you specialize in?
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 services page has more information regarding our work.
2. I’m trying to start a small business. Can you write a grant for that?
There are very few grants available for starting a business. The vast majority of grant opportunities available are targeted towards 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.
3. How much do you charge to write a grant?
Our prices vary depending on the complexity of the project. When you contact us, we’ll set up a phone call to 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.
4. My nonprofit is brand new. Can we apply for grants?
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.”
5. Do you work on commission?
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.
6. Can we work together even if we are not located in the same city?
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.
7. What if we need other development services beyond grant writing?
We partner with a nonprofit consultancy to offer 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.