We do not work on contingency, commission, or deferred payment. Leading grant writing professionals groups, including the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), prohibit contingency pay.
As a member of the GPA, we adhere to this rule. Grant writing professionals charge a fair price for our services, and whether the grant is awarded, we still completed the work. Furthermore, grantmakers typically do not allow fundraising expenses, including the payment of a grant writer, to be a line item in the budget.
Finally, there are many factors that contribute to a grantmaker’s decision to award a grant or not, including an organization’s history of carrying out successful programs and making a significant impact on their community.
A well-written grant proposal is only one of many of these factors. For these reasons, we do not write grant proposals on contingency, commission, or deferred payment. Initial payment must be received before work can begin and full payment is due upon completion of the grant application, regardless of whether the grant is awarded.