How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Grant Writer?

Updated: Oct 1, 2019


Hiring a grant writer can be a big step for a nonprofit, particularly if yours is a new organization. You know that you need to take your fundraising efforts to the next level. You can’t keep doing what you’re doing or even improve upon what you’re doing without adding some funding. While grant writing is a longer process than, say, direct mail fundraising, it can provide an organization with a large amount of money with which you can significantly impact your clients’ lives.

But, how much should you spend to hire a grant writer? You know the old saying - “You’ve got to spend money to make money.” But, there’s a fine line between investing in something that will advance your mission and crippling your budget. How do you know how much is too much? Is a “good deal” on a grant writer going to do more harm than good? It can be challenging for a nonprofit executive director to know what to look for and what to avoid.

What’s a Typical Nonprofit Grant Writer Salary?

In the United States, the typical full-time, experienced grant writer can expect an annual salary in the $65,000 range. Add in benefits, paid time off, and office equipment, and you’re pushing $100,000 a year. Hiring a consultant can be just as pricey. An experienced grant writing consultant can demand $75-$100 per hour.

A typical private foundation grant could take anywhere between 8 and 15 hours to compose. (And federal grants can be in the hundreds of hours.) This doesn’t include researching grant opportunities, contacting the grantmaker to ensure your organization’s request fits their funding priorities, or follow-up reporting,which is part of the difference between a grant writer and a grant manager. Both of these options have the additional caveat of finding the right person with the right experience, which can be time-consuming and tedious.

Discover Flexible & Affordable Grant Writing Services for Nonprofit Organizations

TurnKey Writing Solutions offers a unique alternative. We provide all of the services that a full-time staff member would add to your organization without the overhead, office space, and expensive salary.

We offer the flexibility of a virtual grant manager without the high hourly rates of a consultant. Through our revolutionary process, we can streamline grant management in a way that makes it affordable for you and your nonprofit. Backed by over a decade of professional nonprofit fundraising experience and millions of dollars in grants secured, you can be confident that your organization is applying to the right grant opportunities at the right time.




Don’t miss out on the more than $60 billion awarded through grants each year. Contact TurnKey Writing Solutions today to see how we can help you manage your nonprofit’s grant writing needs.

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