The short answer is: They’re worth it. Or: They don’t cost as much as you think. A good grant writer will pay for themselves, and over time bring in more money than you pay them.
We’ve seen several advertisements recently seeking $20/hr grant writers. We’re here to tell you that anyone working at that rate is probably desperate for work and probably for a good reason. Maybe they’re not experienced or hard working or talented or any combination of those traits. Sure, they’ll save you a lot of money, but will you end up making any?
The trick to affording a successful grant writer with a long track record of wins is to wait until you’re ready. Wait until you have enough money in the bank to afford that person, at which time you’ll probably also have built the other qualifications you’ll need to win grants.
Grant writing is not a place where you can cut corners or seek out a cheap hire. Chances are you’ll spend (read: lose) more money over the long haul than you would if you hired a more experienced, more pricey grant writer who will pull her weight.
Not sure what to expect when it comes to grants? You can learn a lot from grant applications without applying.