Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Paying A GrantWriter - An Excerpt from A Grantwriters Organization

How to Hire a Freelance Grantwriter   Count on having to pay a freelancer before you get any grants.  Very few professionals will accept a percentage or commission or deferred payment.    If you don’t have the cash needed, collect enough from your board, staff and volunteers to pay for an hour or two with a freelancer.  He or she can clarify some initial steps you could take on your own and suggest some potential grantors for you to research and cultivate.   Don’t ask a freelance grantwriter to volunteer their services.  Seasoned grantseekers get asked constantly to work for free.  If they do volunteer, it’s usually for organizations or individuals they already have a relationship with.  The fact that you’re a non-profit carries no weight – that’s all they work with!

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