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This post updates data posted early in 2013. It discusses grant-writing consultants’ proposal revision, review, and critique fees. It is part of an ongoing series. Other updated posts will discuss hourly rates and flat rates (also called per-proposal rates or per-project rates), prospect research fees, retainer fees, grant writing workshop fees, and other similar topics.


Proposal Reviews and Revisions:

At times, potential clients may already have a grant proposal available in a more or less inchoate form. Consultants may offer to proofread and edit a preliminary or pre-existing proposal rather than insist that they write it from its inception. They also may offer to play the role of third-party technical reviewers before a draft or a revision is made final. Consultants may furnish critiques of such proposals and may suggest how to improve them. Alternatively, they may contract both to provide a critique and to revise or rewrite a proposal entirely.


Consultants vary the rates they charge to critique, edit, and revise proposals based upon such factors as the proposal’s length and the complexity of its subject or focus. They may offer to charge for services up to a pre-determined not-to-exceed amount and/or to provide review and revision services for a minimum flat fee. Some consultants accept such assignments on a case-by-case basis and do not publish specialized rate schedules for such services.


Sample Review and Revision Rates:

As the table below indicates, fixed rates for review and revision of grant proposals, as quoted on consultants’ websites, may range from $500 to $2,000 per proposal reviewed. In 2014, the most costly consultants charge a minimum of $2,000 (10 hours at $200 per hour) for each proposal they critique. Such rates, if specified, often approach what the same consultants will charge per hour for developing a brand new proposal from start to finish.


Retainers Minimum Maximum
Consultant/Firm A $500 $1,000
Consultant/Firm B $500 $1,500
Consultant/Firm C $600 $1,500
Consultant/Firm D $750 $1,200
Consultant/Firm E $520 Unstated
Consultant/Firm F $1,000 Unstated
Consultant/Firm G $1,000 Unstated
Consultant/Firm H $1,250 Unstated
Consultant/Firm I $1,500 Unstated
Consultant/Firm J $1,750 Unstated
Consultant/Firm K $2,000 Unstated
Consultant/Firm L $40/hour $50/hour
Consultant/Firm M $45/hour Unstated
Consultant/Firm N $90/hour Unstated
Consultant/Firm O $100/hour Unstated
Consultant/Firm P $100/hour Unstated



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