How much does grant writing cost? What is a grant writer’s fee structure? What’s a grant writer’s hourly rate? Can I get cost estimates to write a grant? These are all questions we field on a daily basis as we talk to prospective nonprofit clients.
Let’s break this down:
Grant writer hourly rate
There’s quite a range when it comes to grant writers’ hourly rates and a grant writer’s fee structure. On the low end, new grant writers in smaller markets may charge around $20 an hour. On the high end, experienced grant writers in larger markets may charge upwards of $100 an hour. But the hourly rate doesn’t tell you what you will end up paying for a grant, because you don’t know how many hours it will take to complete the project.
Grant writer’s fee structure
How much does grant writing cost and what are the fees to write a single grant? That depends on a lot of factors, like the complexity of the grant and the past experience of the applicant organization. A short grant that’s a repeat submission may cost as low as $200. A new applicant undertaking a large, complex grant may incur a fee of thousands of dollars. There’s a very wide range.
Cost estimates to write a grant from Professional Grant Writers
While we do bill on an hourly basis, we also like to give clients a cost estimate to write a grant. We give clients an idea of our overall price for a project, rather than simply quoting our hourly rate. That way, they have a sense of what the project will cost. An hourly rate is only one part of the equation. It doesn’t fully answer the question of how much grant writing costs. That will depend on the grant writer’s fee structure and grant writing cost.
Before we start a project, we offer a price estimate that is directly tied to the scope of work. To arrive at a price estimate, we analyze the client’s past grant activities, if any. We look at related materials to see if there are boilerplate pieces we can reuse, and any other information we can draw on to lay a foundation for our writing work.
We also look at the overall scope of work: Are we acting as the project manager for a large grant submission? Or are we simply editing a client’s work before submission? Answers to those and other questions help us determine how much time we’re putting in and what our final price may be.
We pride ourselves on being transparent when it comes to rates and fee structure, and we always quote a price estimate up front. If we find we need more time to complete a project because of unforeseen delays or challenges, we request an approval for more time.
Interested in learning more about our grant writing services? Contact us.