Nonprofit organizations (501c3 and similar, school districts)
Public and private sector (government units, businesses)
Overage (hours beyond base contract)
$200 to $250/hour
*Less than 2-day turnaround requested by client, or when we request information, documents or a response 3+ times.
Notes on Rates
Sometimes discounts are offered to small nonprofits (less than $250,000 annual budget) and those serving rural areas. Discounts are not typically offered to large organizations until we’ve worked together successfully on a project.
Regional rates for development consultants and grant fundraisers in small and medium-sized cities typically range from $100 to $250 an hour.
We do not work on a commission or percentage basis because it does not conform to ethical grant writing guidelines, and this practice is not in the best interest of nonprofits. The Puget Sound Grantwriters Association offers a good resource more information.
We develop customized contracts to meet the needs of each organization served. Timelines and deliverables are based on the requested scope of work, applicable deadlines, client’s budget, and the availability of all parties.
Contract Types and Project Examples
Hourly rate contracts
A cap on hours is included to protect all parties.
These are best for writing letters of inquiry, and for developing small and medium grants. They are also used for editing, researching funding partners, and making recommendations for a few grant leads to pursue.
Flat fee contracts
These also include a cap on hours, as well as rush rate provisions and overage rates for additional time that may be necessary to complete the scope of work.
Better for medium to large foundation grants, federal and state grants, assessments, strategic planning, training workshops, and ongoing technical assistance.
These are typically used for clients with whom we’ve established a good working relationship.
May include writing multiple grant proposals, grant pipeline development, award management support, and/or major campaigns.
Requirements for all contracts
There is a $500 minimum on any contract for services (~5 hours of services).
All types of consulting and fundraising services are billed at the same rate in 15-minute increments (.25 hrs).
Regular communication and good engagement is required from all key parties for successful outcomes.
The following clauses are in all contracts, though we hope to avoid using them:
Early termination fees on larger contracts, if less than 3/4 of the work is completed and/or paid for.
Fees apply if clients breach the contract and/or cancel meetings without notice ($75-500).