The question is always asked, “To hire or not to hire a grant writer?” There are both pros and cons when considering whether to hire a professional or use a staff member to write a grant for your nonprofit.
Let’s first look at the pros of hiring a grant writer/consultant:
The grant writer will spend the endless hours writing the proposal. Grant writers will gather the facts and statistics necessary to write the grant proposal. Then, in turn, put the information together, per the funder’s specification, for the submission package.
The consultant will get the job done on time. Many proposals are rejected because they do not meet the required deadline. A grant writer knows the importance of getting the proposal to the funder on time. They get paid to make sure every part of the guidelines are followed, most importantly, meeting the deadline.
You get the experience of the consultant. The writer will know the many “ins” and “outs” of writing grant proposals. This can benefit the nonprofit organization looking for funding. You are more likely to get funded.
Here are some of the cons of hiring a grant writer/consultant:
The writer/consultant does not know the nonprofit as well as a staff member. The grant writer has to start from scratch gathering facts and turning them into a winning proposal.
The organization may not have access to grant funding databases. Your nonprofit will spend hours researching databases for grants that fit your mission statement. The staff doesn’t have access to the databases grant writers have.
Grant writers cost a lot of money. The cost of hiring a professional writer/consultant is a primary reason nonprofits hesitate to go outside the organization, but it may be worth it in the end.
Back to the question at hand, to hire, or not to hire a professional grant writer? Look at both the pros and cons. Take everything into consideration before making your decision.
If you decide to hire a professional, find someone who is a good fit for your organization. Someone willing to walk the extra mile to find the right funder for your nonprofit.