3. A Freelance Grant Writer has Specific Skills in Writing Grants
Here’s the thing. Most nonprofits do not have a full-time, in-house grant writer on staff. Most of the time that internal grant writer is also the executive director, program director, fundraiser, intern, or volunteer.
Grant writing usually just gets thrown on the lap (tied into the ever-popular ‘all other things as needed’ clause in the job description) of a staff person or volunteer. And most of the time they have no idea how to write a grant, or even if they do it’s not their only or primary job responsibility.
Therefore, much of the time grant writing isn’t the expertise of someone on staff and is seen more as a necessary evil.
On the other hand a freelance grant writer specializes in writing grants. It’s what they do.
To open a freelance grant writing business, they need to at least have some education and experience in writing grants. Most freelance grant writers have extensive experience in securing funding and it’s their zone of genius work. Sure, they also do marketing, administration work, and other items for their business but they are skilled at writing grants.
That is HUGE! Just for comparison, if you wanted a great website designed, you would probably hire a web developer and not your 18-year-old cousin who has never done it before. Or if you want your accounting done, you will hire a bookkeeper or CPA and not throw it on an intern who signed up to lead field trips in the forest.