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Before You Get Started

Contact a Grant Writer If...

You are prepared to invest $1k-$3k+ for a Funding Strategy. (Trust us, this is a no-brainer investment. Focus on the grants with the best odds of success and ROI.)

We agree you cannot pay a grant writer from the grant. It's considered an outdated practice.

You are a non-profit organization or other existing entity that is willing to pay for professional grant writing services. We are NOT a good fit if you are looking for business startup costs.

Community changemakers learning how to secure grant funding

Now, Find a Grant Writer

Here is a sample of grant writers from our Collective. You can contact them directly through the links in their bios. Looking for someone else? Submit an application here.

Grant Writer Alexis Swenson, Goods of a Soul
Healthcare Youth Tribes Social Services

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Alexis developed her skills in donor management and grant writing as former Development Coordinator at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo, North Dakota. She later went on to found Goods of a Soul, a professional writing services firm. Alexis secured over $1.3M in grants in the four months following her graduation from our program and now regularly contributes to Learn Grant Writing. Alexis earned her B.A. in Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. more...

Anna Nelson, One Small Step Grant Writing Services
Science and Technology Outdoors Aviation Engineering Education

Anna Nelson, owner of One Small Step Writing Services, has a passion for helping scientists and entrepreneurs win grant funding and produce polished writing so they can focus on what they do best: innovation. She is a skilled grant writer and funding researcher, as well as a professional editor and proofreader. She will make sure every detail of your grant application is accurate and written to the highest standards. Her career includes over 20 years in the engineering, science, and aviation fields. When you add to that her background in education and the outdoor industry, you’ll see why her diverse experience can help provide insight to almost any project. She spends her free time gardening, hiking, skiing, or doing almost anything outdoors. She has a passion for helping people fine-tune their vision so they can accomplish their goals, and she is excited to help bring success to your project. more...

Brandis Rosenthal, Freelance Grant Writer
Biotechnology Healthcare SBIR/NIH Grants

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Prior to starting her grant consulting business, Brandis worked in the biotechnology industry in investor relations and project management. With many years of external messaging experience, and extensive academic background in project management, healthcare grant writing became the perfect fit. She has her PMP and LSSBB to assist her grant projects though the finish line. Her passion is to bring support to diseases with unmet medical needs. When not working, Brandis is skiing or hiking with her dog Everest. more...

Kimberly Yarnall, The Mission Makers consulting
Veterans Youth Health Care

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The mission statement of Dr. Kim Yarnall and Robert Yarnall is to “Be grateful for all you have. Work hard for what you want. Help as many people along the way as you can” is the guiding principle that led to the creation of The Mission Makers. For the last 25 years, Dr. Yarnall has served in multiple leadership and volunteer roles in the community and nonprofit sector. She is currently the Chief Volunteer Officer for the Pocono Family YMCA, where she is also helping with an $8M capital campaign. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Lehigh Valley chapter. Dr. Yarnall is a five-time marathon finisher and was recognized as one of the top 5 fundraisers at the 2014 New Orleans Marathon for the LLS. For her dedication to her community, she was named the 2008 Citizen of the Year and 2018 Volunteer of the Year by the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce. In 2018 Dr. Kim and her team raised over $103,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society enabling her to fund two $50,000 research grants and making her the 2018 LLS Woman of the Year. more...

Robert Yarnall, The Mission Makers consulting
Veterans Youth Health Care Community Engagement

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Robert is a Retired Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant having served 25 years. He is also a 2005 Summa Cum Laude graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a BS in Secondary Education Social Studies. In 2007, Robert wrote a draft manuscript for the Marine Corps History Division titled "The Battle For Fallujah." Robert has 28 years of nonprofit leadership experience, having served on numerous boards and nonprofit fundraising committees. He currently serves as the Board Chair for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lehigh Valley. Robert also Serves as Co-Chair of Pocono Family YMCA Fundraising Committee, & as an Ambassador for Semper Fi & Americas Fund in NEPA. The mission statement of Robert Yarnall and his wife Dr. Kim Yarnall is to “Be grateful for all you have. Work hard for what you want. Help as many people along the way as you can” is the guiding principle that led to the creation of The Mission Makers. more...

Sarah Mueller, Grant Wishes Consulting
Environment Social Services Community Engagement

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After spending most of her professional career working in marketing and journalism roles, Sarah was looking for something new. She wanted a way to combine her love for marketing and journalism into a way that could benefit and help others! She found grant writing to be exactly that, along with the perfect amount of technical writing and creative writing. Sarah started Granting Wishes Consulting to help nonprofit organizations secure grant funding so they can create healthy and equitable communities. She received her B.S. in Organizational and Professional Communications at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She is based in the Midwest. more...

Holly Martin freelance grant writer
Blue Industry Refugee Causes Environment

Holly is a passionate educator, volunteer, and explorer. Currently located in Vietnam teaching kindergarten classes by day, SAT prep classes by night. Looking for a career pivot, she found grant writing, completing her grant writer certificate through Learn Grant Writing. On her off days, you'll find her reading or hiking. more...

Grant Writer Celia Mendez, Grantpointe
Aviation Engineering Science and Technology

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We help non-profits, faith-based organizations and schools obtain funding to implement creative solutions that make our communities a better to place to live and work. Celia has written funding strategies and grants for local non-profits that serves those with substance use disorders. She combines her 25 years of experience in managing an in-house packaging design team for a large corporation with her passion for serving her local and global community through grant writing. more...

Michelle Baker, Avion Grants
Community Health Crisis Care

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Michelle has an extensive background in medicine that ranged from EMS to patient care in a hospital setting. After thirty years in that career, she left to pursue her love of writing. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines, and most recently included human interest stories featured by a local marketing agency. She combines professionalism, tenacity, and compassion and looks forward to partnering with those who work to make this world a better place. more...

Grant Writer Eliana Echavarria
Entrepreneurhsip Social Justice Human Trafficking Community Development

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As the founder of Buffalo Ambition Co. Eliana has served as a business mentor to numerous aspiring and growing entrepreneurs in the public and private sector. She has successfully secured grants for nonprofits and corporations including community centers, daycares and barbershops. Today she helps visionaries in stop stressing over the complicated grants process by teaching them how to diversify their funding through grants so they can focus their time and resources on what they do best- change the world! more...

Katie Mount granting writing consultant
Environment Agriculture Outdoor Recreation

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Katie is a grant-writing coach, communications specialist, and marketing strategist who works with nonprofits and startups to help them identify, communicate and market their organization. In 2019, Katie helped grow a startup from low six-figures to over three million in revenue. Katie has a business degree from Regis University and is a committed life long learner. more...

Heather Montano freelance grant writer
Arts Wildlife & Conservation Homelessness

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With nearly a decade of experience working in education and law, Heather is driven by her love of the written word. Since becoming a certified grant writer, she has discovered a passion for helping organizations secure the funding they need to bring meaningful change to the communities they serve. Outside of grant writing, she finds joy in the outdoors, learning to play the violin, and cooking. more...

Joanna Drew grant writing consultant
International Fundraising

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Joanna has ten years of fundraising experience, including donor strategy, individual giving, events management, and grant writing. She has worked in various international contexts, from Guatemala to India, and her qualifications extend far beyond her professional experience. Joanna is a passionate individual and an active listener who understands the complexities of fundraising on an international level. Most importantly, she wants to help. She believes in the power of community-led solutions and utilizes her expertise to connect organizations with the funding necessary to bring their projects to life. more...

Aimee Mantell freelance grant writer
Social Justice Health Care Equity

Aimee Mantell, Freelance Grant Writer

If you find the grant process daunting, confusing, or just cannot invest the time required to win awards, I want to help you succeed through grant prospecting, creation of funding strategies, and the development and submission of winning proposal applications. Increasing your economic resources is the foundation for sustained operations, enabling you to focus on serving your clients. With interdisciplinary education, including a Master of Science, and involvement in health care, legal, and nonprofit roles, I am dedicated to making organizations more efficient and financially strong. Experienced in launching new programs, as well as supporting organizations with a history of dedication to service, I am especially passionate about social justice, social equity, mental health, and increased access to health care services. more...

Lauren Juckniewitz grant writing consultant
Youth Education Community Development

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Lauren is known for her storytelling skills, which is an especially important skill in the world of grant writing. She formerly worked for a number of nonprofits as an educator and advocate. After discovering grant writing, there has been no looking back. If your project needs a grant writer focused on youth, education, or community development, Lauren will help your organization thrive. more...

Hannah Manns freelance grant writer
Human Trafficking Recovery Women Empowerment Entrepreneurship Youth

Hannah's passion is making a difference in people's lives and helping people reach their goals. She has always wanted to help make a difference and an impact in a big way and that is how she came to be a grant writer. Hannah has several years of entrepreneurial experience under her belt. She is compassionately driven to help victims of human trafficking, addiction recovery programs, and youth organizations. She also has experience in biotechnology and healthcare. In her "spare" time, she is riding horses, spending time with family and her dogs, reading, working out or teaching herself a new skill to bring value to her career and her clients. more...

Julia-Grace grant writing consultant
Environment Agriculture Outdoor Recreation

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Scout Grant Consulting helps environmental organizations achieve sustainable funding to build strong communities, fight for justice and ensure our natural world endures and is accessible to all. Julia-Grace worked as a science and environment journalist before writing grants. After years of reporting on underfunded environmental projects, she saw a need for increased clarity and persuasive storytelling in grant proposals. With that, she launched Scout Grant Consulting to bring the power of journalism to the world of grant writing. more...

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The clients that have the best experience with us, also take Grant Writing: From Start to Funded, our signature online course for learning to write grants. By understanding the process we teach, you will be better equipped to collaborate with your grant writer. Learn more here.

The Grant Writer Unicorn Method

Here is an overview of what you can expect by working with any of the grant writers in our collective. Be sure to check out the frequently asked questions for a deeper dive!


Hire Grant Writers

Prepare for success with a strong foundation.

Find a Grant Writer (or Team)

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    Step 1: Reach out to the grant writer that best aligns with what you're looking for.
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    Step 2: Set up a time to meet to confirm it's a great match.
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    Step 3: Finalize contract, beginning with a funding strategy to identify top 2 to 5+ grants to pursue.

Develop a Funding Strategy

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    Step 1: Collaborate with your grant writer to complete a project planning toolkit, which helps identify any gaps in planning to be funding-ready.
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    Step 2: Grant writer researches 150+ grants and filters to ≈ 20.
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    Step 3: Discuss preliminary findings and conduct outreach to funders.
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    Step 4: Finalize funding strategy of top 2-5 grants to focus on for the next 12 months!

Grant Research

Find the best grants for your organization.


Write Winning Grants

A step by step approach to win grant funding.

Launch Grant Writing Campaign

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    Step 1: Update contract to reflect grants you both agree to pursue. (May add other trusted freelancers if a team is needed!)
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    Step 2: Conduct grant readiness assessment and position for success.
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    Step 3: Launch standardized and stress-free grant writing application process.
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    Step 4: Win grant funding and celebrate!

By hiring our certified grant writers, you will ...

Receive a roadmap for the top 2-5+ grants to pursue over the next 12 months.

Have access to a team of grant writers that can 'flash' assemble for periods of heavy workload.

Enjoy a 5-star experience pursuing (and winning!) grants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The exact cost will depend on your specific project and needs, but here are some ballpark figures on what to expect:

  • $1,000-$4,000 for a Funding Strategy where 150+ grants are filtered for the top 2-5+ grants worth pursuing over the next 12 months. More advanced and complex Funding Strategies can cost more.
  • $1,000 - $12,000 per grant application depending on complexity.
  • $65-$135 per hour if an hourly rate is needed.

The proposal you receive from the grant writer will start with producing a Funding Strategy. This smaller commitment for both parties allows you to build rapport, while still receiving a valuable deliverable. The grant writer will invoice you in one of two ways:

  1. 50% fee up front and 50% due upon completion of the work, or
  2. Invoice once per month based on percent of work complete.

If those fees exceed your organization’s budget, consider training your staff in-house with our affordable grant writing course, Grant Writing: From Start to Funded. Additionally, if you take the course, we can help share your project with students looking for early portfolio projects that can help your organization for free or steep discounts.

A funding strategy is a 2-3 page memo that lays out the top 2-5+ grants your organization should pursue over the next 12 months. It is the resulting deliverable from a lengthy research process whereby your grant writer sifts through 150+ grants to identify the absolute best grants for your organization. Beginning with this process is fundamental to avoid chasing grants haphazardly and focusing on grants with low likelihood of success. A funding strategy increases win rate, aligns everyone in the organization, and eliminates unnecessary overwhelm associated with grant writing.

We do things differently around here! If you have a specific grant in mind, our grant writers might not jump right into it! Instead, they want to be 100% positive that you are focusing on the right grants in the first place to confirm the pursuit is worth your precious time and resources.

Through the one-of-a-kind approach taught here at Learn Grant Writing, your grant writer will identify 150+ grants for your organization and then whittle that list down to the top 20 or so worth a deeper dive. From there, they work hand-in-hand with you to contact the funder and confirm it’s a good fit, you’re eligible, competitiveness, etc.

After having conversations with funders, your grant writer will develop what we call, a “Funding Strategy”, whereby you know the exact 2-5+ grants you will pursue over the next 12 months.

Roadmap in hand, your grant writer can then help you pursue the mutually agreed upon grant applications that everyone feels confident are worth pursuing. Depending on the complexity of your proposal, your lead grant writer might form a “flash team” with other certified grant writers from our program.

What this means is that the scope of work for your project will begin with a Funding Strategy. Once the funding strategy is complete, the contract will be updated to reflect the grants you both agree to pursue.

Why do we do this? It is near impossible to accurately scope and price services before knowing what grants you want to pursue. This gives you a simpler (and smaller) contract to get started with as you build a relationship with your grant writer.

No. It was common way back in the day to do that, but it is no longer considered an ethical use of funds (nor allowed by the funder). It is best practice to agree upon a fixed fee at the beginning of the project. This is why it is so important to focus on the right grants and find a proven grant writer you enjoy working with!

Check out our affordable online grant writing course, Grant Writing: From Start to Funded. You can sign up for our free mini grant writing class here to see if it is learning with us is a good fit for you.

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