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Professional Grant Writers is a skilled team of experienced grant writers, each of whom has amassed a wide range of experience in the nonprofit field. We’ve written successful grants for federal and state agencies and corporations and foundations of every size. Our expertise covers topics like the environment, health, human services, child welfare, housing, homelessness, education, animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, human and civil rights, research and public policy, and international aid and development.

Megan Hill
CEO and Founder

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.

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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.

Laura Sherman
Grants Consultant

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.

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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 Staton
Grants Consultant

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. 

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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
Grants Consultant

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.

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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 Long
Grants Consultant

Rachael has nearly a decade of diverse experience in the nonprofit sector, ranging from business development for an international development firm.

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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.

Christine Schwitzer
Grants Consultant

Christine Schwitzer finds joy in helping nonprofits achieve their missions through great grants. With ten years of grant writing experience.

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Christine has won government, foundation, and corporate grants for nonprofits in the human services, education, healthcare, and arts and culture sectors. Christine brings broad fundraising knowledge to her grant writing, having previously served as Director of Development for a Minneapolis-based nonprofit serving youth experiencing homelessness. Based in Minnesota, Christine has provided grant writing consulting to dozens of nonprofits across the state. She began her work in fundraising at a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for managing over $30 million in grants. An expert project manager and communicator, Christine brings a comprehensive approach to helping nonprofits secure grants.

Lauren Ingold
Grants Consultant

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.

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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 Spencer
Grants Consultant

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.

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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.

ABOUT US

Professional Grant Writers is a full-service grant writing agency made up of a team of talented consultants.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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