Setting Your Fee

Soon after you start talking to someone about hiring you to write grants, you’ll be asked the tough question—How much will you charge? Many grant writers treat this issue as a trade secret, but setting your fee really is just common sense. You want to be paid fairly for your time and expertise, and the best way to achieve those goals is to bill by the project or on an hourly basis.

Percentage or Fixed Rate?

Professional fundraising associations all discourage or forbid grant writing based on a percentage of the grant. There are good reasons for this. First, funders wouldn’t make the grant if they knew that was how you were being compensated. They’re making a grant to fund a program, not the charity’s fundraising efforts. ...

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