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.
Alicia has more than six years of experience as a professional fundraiser and grant writer working in the nonprofit and public sectors
She has written and secured numerous grants for a range of projects benefiting underserved communities including food security, affordable housing, workforce development, and capital infrastructure. She is especially passionate about projects that aim to improve public health and economic mobility. Alicia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from California State University Stanislaus and her Master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Concordia University Chicago.
During her career as a grant writer, she has worked with a variety of donors in the charitable giving space including family foundations, national corporations, and local service-oriented organizations. Alicia’s experience spans the entire life cycle of grants management from research, proposal development, and budget creation to monitoring and evaluation, and reporting final outcomes. She has applied for grants from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) through Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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.
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.
Rosemary has dedicated the past decade of her life to non-profit work, to both national and international organizations.
A lifelong love of persuasive writing coupled with her background in non-profit management lead her to grant writing, where she has worked on various causes including environmental sustainability, refugee services, disabilities, child abuse, and human trafficking. Her non-profit experience includes grant writing, fundraising, campaign coordination, and volunteer management.
She draws on this knowledge to proactively answer the questions funders want to know before they have to ask. Rosemary has a degree in Global Studies and is a Certified Grant Writer.
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.
Hanna has over 10 years of experience working with nonprofits and has held multiple roles from direct service to management.
She is passionate about writing mission-aligned proposals that help organizations fund their vision. Hanna has experience as an in-house grant writer as well as a freelance grant writer. She specializes in education, housing, and social services. Hanna holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Communication.
Paula Pichon has extensive experience writing grants for Native American Nations.
Having spent the last decade working for a Native American Nation she has written over 200 grant applications and has won over 25 million dollars. Her writing experience covers all aspects of government operations, from health care to brownfields. Over the last ten years Paula has provided expertise on grant compliance, reporting, budget modifications and no-cost extension requests to awardees.
Prior to her work with Native American Nations she worked for sixteen years in the Social Services Field. Her time there was both in direct service and administration for programs such as; Child Protection, Adult Protections, Foster Care and Transitional Assistance.
Paula Pichon comes to the agency with extensive experience working with the following federal partners: Department of Interior, Bureau of Justice Affairs, Office Violence Against Women, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Justice, Economic Development Administration, Environmental Protection Department, Administration for Health and Human Services and Indian Health Services.
Aislyn Colgan has a Bachelors in Environmental Science, a Masters in Education and has been engaged in non-profit management for over 15 years.
She’s written for organizations focusing on youth development, professional performing arts, Indigenous issues, grassroots social justice movements, health and wellness, domestic violence prevention, environmental protection as well as public health.
Aislyn recognizes the impact a clear and engaging story has on how organizations view themselves and their work in the world. She is passionate about helping organizations present their stories fully and accurately so clear funding alignments are easy to recognize. Early in Aislyn’s career, her knack for pulling out the vision and uncovering the compelling narrative within an idea led her non-profit colleagues to steer her towards writing press releases, web content, proposals, reports, strategic plans, and grant applications. She has now used her writing talents to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support meaningful programs around the country. She is committed to clear communication with clients, being attentive to all grant details large and small, and ensuring all deadlines are met.
Stephanie D’Souza is a New Jersey-based writer and editor. She has served as the grant writer for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, where she successfully secured several $100K+ awards from the Institute of Museum and Library Services,
National Endowment for the Arts, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Stephanie has extensive experience in nonprofit management and also worked for seven years in the publishing industry. She holds a grant writing certificate from the University of South Carolina and a BA in English from the University of Delaware and a Master of Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University.
Mary Yearwood is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and has over a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising and grant writing. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and sociology and a master’s degree in community development.
Over the past two years, Mary has raised more than $12 million in grant funds for nonprofit and public agencies and has experience with grants for the Department of Justice (DOJ), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Education (Ed), Veterans Affairs (VA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS), and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She has also written grants for many private and corporate foundations including the Kronkosky, Newman’s Own, Lowe’s, Cohen, and Kellogg foundations. She is a member of the Grant Professionals Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
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! PGW did a great job with the write ups and was very patient with our partners and their last minute submissions. We look forward working with Professional Grant Writers again on the next round of grants!
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. And we offer grants management services to help grant recipients administer and monitor grant funds. 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.