How to Charge for Grant Writing


Grant writing is a career that many find satisfying as your work directly helps organizations receive the funding needed to operate. Jenny Fulbright, author of the article "How to be a Grant Writer," and a staff writer at, says: "Skilled grant writers are one of the most in-demand independent contractors today." While that may be true, rates for grant writers vary dramatically, depending on the project and the level of experience and skill of the grant writer.

  • Consider charging nothing if you are just beginning your career as a grant writer. Fulbright asserts: "Some (grant writers) even work for free just to familiarize themselves with the process and gain exposure in grant research and writing." Also, keep in mind that you're building relationships: doing a few free jobs is a great way to get clients. Just communicate that for your second job you'll expect payment.

  • Charge by the hour. A new, somewhat inexperienced grant writer will often charge between $25 and $50 per hour of work. A capable grant writer charges rates from $50 to $70 an hour. Highly skilled, and often in demand grant writers, charge $100 an hour or more.

  • Charge by the project. Grants vary in complexity and thus the amount of time you'll need to complete them. Average rates for a project can vary from $1,000 to $8,000.

  • Work on commission. Some organizations can't afford to pay you immediately, but will offer you a percentage of the grant, if awarded. Depending on the organization and the type of grant you apply for, you can request 1 percent to 5 percent of the total award.

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