NEED GRANT FUNDING FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION?
You're In The Right Place If...
You are too busy to clear your schedule for several weeks to prepare winning applications.
Your organization isn't large enough to afford a full-time grant writer.
You are a non-profit organization, an innovative startup, local government, or other 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. (Too soon to hire? Consider getting trained in grant writing yourself!)
What You Can Expect
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!
Find a Grant Writer (or Team)
- Step 1: Reach out to any of the certified grant writers listed below or complete this form. Once you have completed the form and been confirmed a good fit, we will post your job on our internal job board.
- Step 2: Grant writers from our Collective who resonate with your job post will reach out to you directly. Set up a time to meet with them to confirm it's a great match.
- Step 3: Finalize your contract with the grant writer. You will typically begin with a Funding Strategy to identify top grants to pursue.
Develop a Funding Strategy
- Step 1: Collaborate with your grant writer to complete a project planning toolkit, which helps identify any gaps in planning to be funding-ready.
- Step 2: Grant writer researches 150+ grants and filters to ≈ 20.
- Step 3: Discuss preliminary findings and conduct outreach to funders.
- Step 4: Finalize funding strategy of top grants to focus on for the next 12 months!
Launch Grant Writing Campaign
- Step 1: Update contract to reflect grants you both agree to pursue. (May add other trusted freelancers if a team is needed!)
- Step 2: Conduct grant readiness assessment and position for success.
- Step 3: Launch standardized and stress-free grant writing application process.
- Step 4: Win grant funding and celebrate!
By hiring our certified grant writers, you will ...
Receive a roadmap for the top 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.
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.
Alexis Swenson, Goods of a Soul
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...
Shanna Morgan, Night Sky Consulting
Shanna Morgan has over 10+ years experience supporting businesses and nonprofits in marketing, operations, project management, and program development. She founded NightSky Consulting to partner with schools and nonprofit leaders to improve the sustainability of their organizations and communities. Shanna received a Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in English and earned a certification in Grant Writing and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. more...
Anna Nelson, One Small Step Writing Services
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
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...
Sarah Mueller, Grant Wishes Consulting
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...
Heather Montano, Freelance Grant Writer
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, Hilo Consulting LLC
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...
Lauren Juckniewitz, Go Brightly
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...
Julia-Grace Sanders, Scout Grant Consulting
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...
Kelly Henderson has 15+ years designing and leading multimillion-dollar, multi-stakeholder programs in global community-based health. She has led the development of and written proposals individually worth $20,000 to $22 million, and has personally secured more than $2+ million in her career. more...
Persis Loomis, Freelance Grant Writer
Persis is a California based grant writer with advanced degrees in archaeology and international relations. She has 15 years of experience teaching and working with cultural heritage organizations in the United States and abroad. Her background includes working in Washington, D.C. with the Department of the Interior reviewing federal grants and editing annual reports. She currently consults for non-profit organizations worldwide. more...
Jessica Stack works with a team of grant writers, specializes in funding research, and actively serves on grant review panels and non-profit boards. Her team is passionate about advocating for schools and environmental causes. Let them write for the change that you seek. more...
A Navy veteran, military sexual assault victim advocate, and program developer, Kim has the unique perspective necessary for successful grant writing. As a Licensed Master Social Worker, she understands the needs and assets of nonprofits with a deep knowledge of social change and cultural competency. Kim has the adaptability to win grants regardless of the topic; for example, writing federal level grants for tobacco prevention initiatives to county grants for crisis services. She is the CEO of her capacity-building business, which contracts with nonprofit agencies around the world. more...
We Have Over 500 Grant Writers
Yep, and that number keeps on growing. If you are looking for specific expertise, geography, or background in your grant writer, you can also submit the form linked below. Assuming you are a grant ready, your submission will be posted internally on our job board. Grant writers will reach out to you directly. You can set up calls to find the best grant writer for you.Request a Grant Writer
What Organizations Are Saying
“This model is different, and we love it. We have our lead grant writer, and she brings on additional team members when we have big applications. Expectations are clear. The process is smooth. Whatever they are doing over at Learn Grant Writing, it’s working.”
“The grant writing team we worked with through LearnGrantWriting.Org provided a process for identifying grant opportunities that opened our eyes to possibilities we hadn't considered. What's more, their process is repeatable and clear, so that organizations who follow the process will find themselves in the enviable position of having too many options to pursue all at once.”
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:
- 50% fee up front and 50% due upon completion of the work, or
- 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.