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This post updates data posted early in 2013. It discusses grant-writing consultants’ fees in 2014 for such services as creating funding development plans or devising project evaluation plans. It is part of an ongoing series. Other updated posts discuss retainer fees, prospect research fees, and other topics related to the compensation of grant writers and to consulting.


Fixed Fee Assignments:

Beyond stating hourly rates, per proposal rates, retainer fees, and proposal review fees, some grant writing consultants also publish cost information about other services. The most frequently encountered rates for ancillary services are those for fixed fee assignments for private sector prospect research and/or private sector proposal development. The costs range from $4,000 to $6,000 for finding 3 to 5 grant leads and/or for writing 3 to 5 proposals to from $6,500 to $7,500 for finding 10 grant leads and/or for writing 10 proposals.


  Minimum Services Maximum Services
Consultant A $4,000 4 potential funders $7,500 10 potential funders
Consultant B $5,500 5 most promising funders $6,500 10 most promising funders
Consultant C $6,000 Proposals to 5 best sources $7,000 Proposals to 10 best sources


Funding Development Plans:

Fewer grant-writing consultants also offer to create funding development plans for clients. A funding development plan commonly considers grant seeking as only one element of a client’s overall plan for raising funds. This category of ancillary services varies greatly in terms of its specifications and conditions. Almost invariably, the consultants indicate that their resulting plans will be ‘comprehensive’ and that actual costs for the plans will reflect the scope and detail of each assignment. Quoted fees range from as little as $1,500 to as much as $10,000 or more.


  Minimum Maximum Services
Consultant A $3,000 $10,000 Create comprehensive funding development program
Consultant B $1,500 Unstated Develop a comprehensive fund-development plan
Consultant C $100/hr Unstated Program development from concept to proposal


Grant Writing Workshops:

Still fewer consultants offer workshops for grant-related staff development. Perhaps one reason for the infrequency of such ancillary services is that they compete directly with associations of non-profits, universities, the Grantsmanship Center, the Foundation Center, and other providers of workshops and courses. The consultants’ workshops may last one or two days. Consultants may charge for them by the hour (e.g., $125/hour) plus expenses or by the day (e.g., $550/day) plus expenses. The most frequently cited expenses to be billed are those of travel, lodging, and office support (e.g., printing, copying, mailing, or shipping).


Other Ancillary Services:

The smallest number of consultants may highlight other specialized services for clients. One such service is proposal planning, the fee for which starts at $200. Another service is creating an evaluation plan for a proposal yet to be submitted, the fee for which ranges from $1,500 to $6,000.


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