Skip navigation

This is another one of an ongoing series of posts on Grant Writing as a Career. It discusses proposal review and editing fees. Earlier posts discussed hourly fees and flat fees (also called per-proposal fees or per-project fees), and consultant retainer fees and prospect research fees.


Proposal Reviews and Critiques:

As consultants, grant writers market their research and technical writing skills to potential clients. Although egregious exceptions may occur, their skills as writers and researchers are supposed to lend a competitive edge to proposals as instruments of solicitation and persuasion.


Sometimes clients may already have the rudiments of a proposal at hand. They may desire only a third-party critique of a proposal that they have already started or which has failed to win funding and for which no reviewers’ comments exist. Consultants may serve such review-and-revise functions with more detachment than those who created an existing proposal.


Many consultants are willing to proofread and edit a preliminary proposal rather than always write it from scratch. They are also willing to serve as objective, technical reviewers before a draft or a revision is made final. Consultants may furnish written comments on such a proposal and suggest how it might be improved. Alternatively, they may contract both to provide a critique and to revise or rewrite a proposal entirely.


Editing, Review, and Revision Fees:

Fees for proposal reviews vary with its nature and complexity, its state of readiness for submission before review, and the extent to which the consultants are to take an active role in revising the draft. In addition, they may vary with its length and with the type of funding source. Fees for reviewing or reworking longer proposals and those to be submitted to government agencies tend to be higher than others.


Fixed fees quoted on websites generally range from $250 to $1,500 per proposal reviewed. The pricier exceptions charge a minimum of $1,750 (10 hours at $175 per hour). Such hourly fees, if specified, are often similar to those consultants charge for preparing a brand new proposal and readying it for submission as a final draft.


In this arrangement, consultants are able to practice their technical writing skills and to see how applicants have handled a specific grant program’s proposal review criteria. Clients get an objective analysis of the merits of their proposals before they submit them.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: