Megan Hill has written grants as both an in-house grant writer and as a consultant. A writer by trade, Megan draws on her passion for service and nonprofit work with her skills as a writer.
Megan has a background in both journalism and nonprofit work, which she puts to good use interviewing development staff, executive directors, and program staff before writing a grant. Her grant writing efforts have raised $2 million a year on average. Megan is a Certified Grant Writer and a member of the Puget Sound Grant Writers Association and the Northwest Development Officers Association.
Over the last decade, Laura has worked in a variety of nonprofit settings focusing primarily on grant writing and creating strategies to expand development portfolios. Additionally, she has experience with the entire grant life cycle from prospecting for potential funders to stewardship activities.
With a degree in psychology and women’s studies, Laura brings grant writing expertise from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, public health, youth development, and education. She has submitted over 40 federal grant proposals to the National Institutes of Health, to help find solutions to chronic pain management in patients with brain injury and spinal cord injury. Laura has also successfully written grants to improve educational and health opportunities for hundreds of low-income and minority youth.
During her 8 years as a grant professional, Dr. Judy Riffle has raised and managed over 14 million dollars for school districts, nonprofits, and colleges. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Southern Arizona Grant Professionals Association chapter,
and has over 20 years of university studies, PreK-12 teaching, mentoring and administrative experience in the field of education. In 2014, she founded Santa Cruz Grants & Consulting, LLC providing successfully written foundation, corporate, state and federal grants along with consulting about business plans, project planning, grant readiness, federal guidelines, budgets, fundraising, and grant management to various organizations. Since 2012, she has served on six federal grant review panels. Grant writing experience includes education, homelessness, addiction, mentoring, Veterans/military families, technology, emergency readiness, and mental health.
Julie’s career has focused on helping nonprofit organizations succeed. She has more than a dozen years of experience working in various capacities for nonprofits, with the past nine years solely focused on writing grants. Julie has developed winning proposals for a wide variety of large and small organizations, including community organizations, museums, educational institutions, providers of health and human services and local governments.
She has degrees in philosophy and art history and is passionate about writing. Julie has an exceptional ability to create a strong case for support by telling the story of an organization while presenting demographic and statistical data in a compelling, understandable manner. She is experienced in foundation, state, and federal government grants.
Alice is a former school principal, school district administrator, Reading Specialist, State Department of Education Federal and State Programs Director, and teacher who has designed and implemented instructional programs and strategies that have resulted in significant, sustained improvements in student achievement in high-risk, complex needs schools.
In close collaboration with community, nonprofit, business, and local government, she has designed and implemented many successful educational, social, health, and community outreach programs for thousands of low-income, under served, diverse, and at-risk children, youth, adults, and families. She has worked with hundreds of schools, nonprofits, and businesses to design programs that meaningfully meet the complexity of needs for the communities and populations served. She is a prolific grant writer, with nearly $300 million written in the last five years.
Tate Williams is a freelance writer and consultant, with a focus on environment and public interest work. He currently writes grant materials and other copy for nonprofits and foundations, as well as online and print journalism on similar topics. Tate builds on close to a decade of experience fundraising for nonprofits such as U.S. PIRG and Environment America.
He most recently worked as a staff grant writer, leading or contributing to several proposals, letters of inquiry, and grant reports related to climate change, clean water, land protection, transit, and consumer rights. Tate has written successful proposals to some of the largest funders in the country, including the Ford and Rockefeller foundations. He previously oversaw a direct mail program that raised more than $1.5 million annually, and before that ran a canvassing office in Portland, OR. Before he began working in nonprofits, Tate worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in Arizona.
Barbara Slover is a highly experienced and self-motivated nonprofit professional with almost 20 years of experience. In addition to her college degrees, Barbara completed a National Certification of Nonprofit Management from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Barbara enjoys collaborating with extraordinary people with a commitment for positive change. Working with a small group with big plans has allowed me to use my creativity, extensive problem solving skills, and innovation to accomplish our goals and further the mission of many nonprofits.
In addition to writing grants and development work in-house and as a consultant, Barbara has written a variety of enewsletters, reports, website content, annual campaign and capital campaign materials, thank you letters, and articles. Barbara has written over 200 grants to federal, state, local, and private/corporate funders, using qualitative and quantitative research and LOGIC models as needed to strengthen each grant. Barbara ran several large fund raising events, most notably with Maya Angelou as a speaker. She has successfully managed numerous volunteers as well as motivating and supporting her colleagues. In her free time, Barbara enjoys reading, spending time with her family and outdoors.
Jaime is a well-rounded fundraising professional whose worked as a consultant and development director for seven years. In her role as a grant writer, she’s crafted compelling proposals for a variety of clients (ranging from large state departments to small arts organization and everything in between), resulting in over $17 million raised. Her work is rooted in a steadfast commitment to helping organizations achieve their missions by securing funding that allows them to make a measurable impact.
Jaime graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Environmental Conservation, where she worked at the University’s Writing Center as a writing fellow and tutor. After graduation, she committed a year of service to AmeriCorps, which solidified her desire to help advance the nonprofit sector. A true devotee of the written word, she now uses her writing skills to help organizations tell their unique story through grant proposals, annual appeals, special event speeches, stewardship communications, and more.
Rachael has nearly a decade of diverse experience in the nonprofit sector, ranging from business development for an international development firm, to overseeing all aspects of development for a small women’s rights advocacy organization. Currently, she works as a staff grant writer for a leading domestic violence service provider agency where she is responsible for a portfolio of over $2 million annually and engaged in all aspects of the grant life cycle. Most recently, she secured over $3 million in city-funded support for two major programs.
Rachael has a graduate degree in international development and a passion for social change. She has developed successful proposals for a range of funders, from city, state, federal, and international government agencies, to major foundations and corporate donors. Understanding the needs of a prospective donor and balancing a compelling narrative with strong data and outcomes are among her major strengths. Trained in logical framework development, Rachael has an excellent understanding of how to develop programs and report on impact. Topic area expertise includes: international development and human security, a broad range of women’s issues, gender-based violence, workforce development, housing and homelessness, outreach and advocacy, childhood development, microenterprise and social entrepreneurship.
Founded by Megan Hill in 2007, Professional Grant Writers works with nonprofit organizations to identify and apply for grants to fund their programs. To date, we’ve helped more than 90 nonprofits to apply for thousands of grants to foundations, corporations, and state and federal government entities.
Professional Grant Writers helped Komera take a fresh look at how we describe our programs to potential partners. They were incredibly helpful in research and setting up potential funding opportunities. It certainly made my life easier to have them as a partner!
All went very well! Laura did a great job with the write ups and was very patient with our African partners and their last minute submissions. Both grants are in and we are hopeful! We look forward working with Professional Grant Writers again on the next round of grants!
We greatly enjoyed working with Professional Grant Writers in the construction of a rural telehealth grant application. We found the work to be thorough, diligent, creative, timely, on time and on budget. Given the satisfaction with the work, we have chosen to enter into a long term contract with Professional Grant Writers. We look forward to many successful grant applications!
Our environmental non-profit has been working closely with Professional Grant Writers for the past several months and we could not be happier with the quality of their work and the service they are providing us. I have been particularly impressed with Professional Grant Writers’ ability to understand the complex issues we are dealing with, and their ability to translate those into understandable and compelling documents for potential grantors. Their experience and exceptional professionalism, combined with their sincere personal care and involvement in ensuring our success, make them perfect team members in guiding us through the ins and outs of acquiring grants. Our view is that they are a permanent and vitally important part of our organization.
Megan and her team are prompt and professional. They helped me understand the documentation I needed to be eligible for various grants. They did extensive research and found a variety of grants for which our foundation qualifies. If you want expertise and excellent service, Professional Grant Writers is the team you want!
1. What types of grants do you specialize in?
As a team, we’ve written thousands of grants for a wide variety of organizations. We can help with small and large foundation grants, grants to corporations, and government grants. Our services page has more information regarding our work.
2. I’m trying to start a small business. Can you write a grant for that?
There are very few grants available for starting a business. The vast majority of grant opportunities available are targeted towards nonprofit organizations. If you’re looking to launch a for-profit business with a grant, we suggest looking at opportunities through the Small Business Administration.
3. How much do you charge to write a grant?
Our prices vary depending on the complexity of the project. When you contact us, we’ll set up a phone call to discuss your organization’s grant history as well as your current needs. From there, we can offer a price estimate for the project. If, as we work, we think the price will exceed the original estimate, we’ll notify you as soon as possible. Our goal is to never surprise you with the invoice amount.
4. My nonprofit is brand new. Can we apply for grants?
It is very difficult for new nonprofits to successfully apply for a grant. Most funders look for a long track record of success before even considering your application. And they’ll likely ask for three years of financial records as a requirement for submission. Further, you’ll likely be competing with long-established nonprofits for very limited grant money. There are a few exceptions, so we encourage you to check with us, but know that we may not encourage you to write a grant right away. If that’s the case, we may be able to help you work towards becoming “grant ready.”
5. Do you work on commission?
It’s considered unethical for grant writers to work on commission. We require payment after the project is complete, regardless of outcome. For more information on this topic, check out this blog entry.
6. Can we work together even if we are not located in the same city?
Yes! We work remotely with all of our clients, using email and phone calls to communicate. We’ve honed our communication processes over the years to ensure we’re efficient and effective at gathering everything we need to write a highly competitive grant application.
7. What if we need other development services beyond grant writing?
We partner with a nonprofit consultancy to offer strategic and business planning, board development, major and capital campaigns, individual giving campaigns, and annual fundraising services, all of which provides a more holistic approach to raising funds for nonprofits that need help in this area.