1. Most funders frown upon the fee and will refuse to pay it.
When most grant funders contribute to your organization, they want their funding to go directly toward your program, not your overhead and fundraising costs. Many funders’ guidelines even explicitly state that the grants awarded cannot be used to cover such expenses. Therefore, your team will not be able to incorporate the cost of a grant writer into your proposal budget. Be advised, if your organization were to win a grant and use the funds to pay your grant writer, you could be in violation of your grant agreement. In this case, the grant would likely be terminated and your organization would be forced to pay back the awarded amount.
With over a decade of experience, Catherine enjoys learning and working on new projects across the United States. She has worked at multiple levels of government, from the U.S. Congress to state, municipal, and county governments. This valuable experience has allowed her to write successful grant proposals for numerous federal, state, and foundation grants. Her resume includes a little of everything: public art projects, infrastructure, railroad safety features, historic preservation projects, and many more! Catherine is a member of the Grant Professionals Association and the American Grant Writers’ Association. She has served as a Board advisor for the Gulfport Galleria of Fine Arts and on the Board of Commissioners for the Harrison County Beautification Commission. Catherine is also an instructor for the Mississippi Alliance for Nonprofits and Philanthropy where she teaches courses on grant writing for nonprofits, local governments, and grant research. Catherine earned her Bachelor’s in Political Science and History, as well as her Master’s in Public Administration and Political Science from Jacksonville State University. She continued with her PhD at Texas A&M University. Catherine is a native of Minnesota and currently resides on the Gulf of Mexico where the weather is considerably warmer! Email: [email protected]
Sami is the resident blogger and researcher at MPS Grants. She earned her bachelor’s in history, with minors in music and British studies, from St. Cloud State University. After working in education for a few years and starting a family, she decided to turn her life-long love of writing into a career. When not typing away at her computer, Sami is busy baking, enjoying the outdoors, or chasing after her energetic toddler. Email: [email protected]
Jason Wiltz (“J.”) is a native of Biloxi, Mississippi, where he grew up, attended school, and currently resides after living and teaching in Seoul, South Korea, for the past nine years. He holds an English degree from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in American literature from the University of New Orleans. In his spare time he maintains a personal blog and is actively working on a collection of short stories. email: [email protected]