Before you hire a professional grant writer, you’re probably wondering: How should I account for grant writer fees?
Considering the grant writer fees are an important part of any nonprofit’s budget. Here’s how grant writer pricing usually break down:
Most grant writer fees are hourly
Most grant writers charge by the hour for their work, and the rate depends on their level of expertise. Grant writer fees start around $25 per hour for grant writers with less experience. Rates may go as high as $100 per hour or more.
Some grant writers may offer flat rate, project-based fee structures. This is less common than hourly fees, but it just depends on the grant writer. You can find out this information early on in the process of talking with a possible grant writer hire.
Don’t be afraid to ask
This may sound like a lot of money. But you may feel better about the fees once you know how much time a particular project will take. Don’t be afraid to ask a grant writer for a price estimate before they get started on the work. Then, you’ll have a better sense of what you may be spending on grant writer fees. And you can compare apples to apples if you’re collecting price estimates from other grant writers.
Grant writers do not work on commission
Some organizations may be hoping to hire a grant writer on commission. That is, they want to pay a percentage of the grants awarded. If a grant is not awarded, the grant writer does not get paid.
There’s a lot wrong with that scenario. In short, it’s considered unethical. And it’s also principally unfair to the grant writer, whose work is only one part of the equation of why a grant is or is not awarded. You can learn more about why grant writers do not work on commission.
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