This new post explores grant consultants’ fees in 2017 for such services as creating funding development plans or devising project evaluation plans. It is part of an ongoing series. Other new posts for 2017 will explore: hourly rates and flat rates, retainer fees, prospect research fees, and other topics related to how grant writing consultants earn an income. The context for all posts in this series will be the United States of America.
Fixed Fee Assignments
In early 2017, 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 $375 to $7,500 – for finding one to five private sector grant leads and/or for writing one to five proposals – to from $7,000 to $19,200 – for finding 10 grant leads and/or for writing 10 proposals. Some consultants offer to find as many as 40 grant leads for $20,000 (equivalent to $500 per lead); grant proposals to submit to those leads cost more.
|Consultant/Firm 1||$375||3 leads||Unstated||Unstated|
|Consultant/Firm 2||$500||5 leads||Unstated||Unstated|
|Consultant/Firm 3||$800||3 leads||Unstated||Unstated|
|Consultant/Firm 4||$1,000||15 leads||Unstated||Unstated|
|Consultant/Firm 5||$1,200||3 leads||Unstated||Unstated|
|Consultant/Firm 2||$7,500||3 leads||Unstated||Unstated|
|Consultant/Firm 6||$795||1 lead||$20,000||40 leads|
|Consultant/Firm 7||$4,000||5 leads||$19,200||10 leads|
|Consultant/Firm 8||$5,500||3 leads||$7,000||10 leads|
|Consultant/Firm 9||$8,000||5 leads||$9,000||10 leads|
Some consultants offer to help grant seekers with program design or with (often more extensive) program development. Sampled fees run from $200 to $6,000 or more.
|Consultant/Firm 1||$200||$500||Program development with logic model|
|Consultant/Firm 2||$2,500||$6,000||Program development|
|Consultant/Firm 3||$500||Unstated||Program design|
|Consultant/Firm 4||$1,000||Unstated||Program design|
|Consultant/Firm 5||$2,500||Unstated||Strategic guidance|
|Consultant/Firm 6||$100/hr||Unstated||Program development from concept to proposal|
Grant Writing Workshops
Few 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 similar workshops and courses. The current consultants’ workshops may last one to three days. Consultants now commonly charge for them by the day (e.g., $1,500/day) plus itemized expenses. The most frequently cited expenses to be billed are those of travel, lodging, and office support (e.g., printing, copying, mailing, or shipping).
|Daily Rates||Travel and Expense Surcharge|