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How to Break Into the Lucrative Freelance Grant Writing Market

Nearly 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. raised $295 billion in donations last year ... and freelance copywriters are urgently needed to help them get their hands on even more money this year.

Dear Copywriter (or Aspiring Copywriter):

May I share a secret with you?

There are almost 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States, virtually all of which need money and depend on donations for it.

There are more than 109,000 private foundations, government initiatives, and corporate funding programs looking for worthy places to make large donations in the form of grants.

To get funding from those well-heeled contributors, nonprofits have to ask for the money -- by submitting grant proposals.

Whether they get the money depends on the persuasiveness of that single document: the grant proposal.

With all those millions at stake, you can well understand why good grant writers are in demand - and can command significant fees for their work.

The difference between a ho-hum grant proposal and a dynamic, persuasive, correctly written one can mean the difference between getting a million dollar grant -- or being passed over for it.

Yet not one copywriter in a hundred has ever written a grant proposal - or is even aware of grant proposal writing as the lucrative copywriting niche it is!

My colleague, Michele Boyer - who has been writing grant proposals with considerable success since 1989 - is an exception to that rule.

Now in our e-book, Michele and I show you -- How to Break Into the Lucrative Freelance Grant Writing Niche.

Getting started in grant writing -
once difficult, now easy.

If you're a new copywriter looking for a niche, or an experienced writer who wants to add a new profit center, consider all of the advantages of freelance grant writing:

  • An underserved market - grant writing isn't highly competitive, glamorous, hip, or trendy. Result: new writers are urgently needed.
  • Huge opportunity - with over a hundred thousand foundations and more than a million nonprofits jockeying for funding, there is no shortage of assignments.
  • Solid pay - hourly rates can go as high as $125, with a project price of $4,500+ per proposal not uncommon.
  • Low barrier to entry - the entrance requirements are relatively easy to meet; no degrees or certificates required.
  • Increased client loyalty - because of the close working relationship between the nonprofit organization and the writer, it is to your client's advantage to keep working with you once they've invested time to know you and bring you up to speed.

Now, in our e-book, Michele and I show you how to start and run a successful freelance grant writing business.


  • How long does it take to research, write, and complete a grant proposal? Hint: it's much less labor-intensive than you might think. Page 4.
  • Little-known trick for breaking into grant writing even when you have absolutely no experience or track record in the field. Page 47.
  • How to recycle a single proposal for a single client into a lucrative stream of repeat assignments and income. Page 4.
  • How to generate leads on grants from possible funders -- institutions, government agencies, and corporations that give grants -- in 30 seconds on the phone. Page 50.
  • The #1 mistake freelance grant writers make that could ruin their business - and how to avoid it. Page 5.
  • 10 critical factors that determine whether a funder will accept your proposal and give your client the grant - most of which are under YOUR control! Page 52.
  • When clients offer you a staff job, will you take it? Pros and cons of in-house vs. freelance grant writing. Page 6.
  • How to make yourself more marketable by obtaining professional certification in philanthropic fundraising from CFRE, the recognized accrediting body in the field. Page 53.
  • Make money writing proposal templates. Page 9.
  • 3 "golden rules" that lead to writing grant proposals that win your clients funding. Page 55.
  • 7 skills you can develop to give you an edge in the freelance grant proposal marketplace. Page 10.
  • 8 little-known tricks that can dramatically increase your grant proposal's chances of success. Page 57.
  • Using statistics to make your appeal to funders more convincing. Page 12.
  • 20 steps to writing a "letter of inquiry" to potential funders for your nonprofit clients. Page 58.
  • Move funders to want to help your cause by telling them compelling, heart-warming stories. Page 13.
  • The 8 sections of successful grant proposals. Can you name them all? Page 61.
  • Make yourself more marketable - and command higher fees - with a digital camera. Page 14.
  • How to write a "knock your socks off" executive summary that moves your grant proposal to the top of the pile. Page 62
  • Tips for preparing the "program budget" portion of your proposal - easy to do even if you're not an accountant or bookkeeper. Page 15.
  • How to add drama, emotion, and pathos to make your client's project seem vitally important to the funder. Page 63
  • Best computer system and software for grant proposal writers. Page 18.
  • 5 tips for clarifying the purpose of the grant -- and explaining how your client will put the money to good use in a worthy cause. Page 64.
  • How to master the art of grant writing - and even download free sample grants online. Page 21.
  • 10 documents you can attach to your grant proposal to make your case even stronger. Page 68.
  • Where to find complete contact information for thousands of funders to whom you can send the client's grant proposal. Page 23.
  • How to tip the odds of getting a grant award in your favor by soliciting letters of support from community leaders. Page 73.
  • Building your prospect list of potential nonprofit grant-writing clients. Page 27.
  • The ideal time to mail your grant proposal. This simple lesson could mean thousands of dollars in extra funding. Page 78.
  • How to find out exactly what the funder wants you to include in your grant proposal to them. Page 30.
  • 7 ways to get grant writing clients to hire you to write proposals and other money-raising materials for them. Page 81.
  • Online research tips to help you write a stronger and more persuasive grant proposal for your client. Page 32.
  • What to charge your nonprofit clients and how to get paid for your work - even if your proposal doesn't win the grant. Page 86.
  • How to keep track of the status of your grant applications ... grants awarded ... funding cycles ... contacts ... and more. Page 34.
  • Getting a seven-figure grant for a nonprofit client - and how to parlay that into more work and higher fees. Page 89.
  • Make extra money writing newsletters ... postcards ... brochures ... direct mail packages ... and more for your nonprofit clients. Page 36.
  • How to earn as much as $4,500 per proposal - or even more. Page 92.
  • Can you get paid a percentage of the money awarded when your grant proposal is successful? The answer may shock you. Page 95.
  • The 3 types of funders - and how to write proposals that win grants from each. Page 39.
  • A formula for setting your minimum hourly rate as a freelance grant writer just starting out in the field. Page 96.
  • How you can get a specific funder to teach you how to write a proposal that will win a grant from them! Page 41. Plus: where to get free grant writing training online. Page 42.
  • The warning signs of an organization with cash flow problems - and how to avoid getting burned for your fee. Page 97.
  • 26 federal grant-making federal agencies - and how to register so your client qualifies for funding from each. Page 45.
  • Library of sample documents - includes: cover sheet ... budget ... executive summary ... letter of inquiry. Turn to page 117.
  • Why the most important proposal you write for a nonprofit client is the first - and how to make sure you are adequately compensated for writing it. Page 101.
  • Plus: Glossary ... funder sources ... training and certification ... publications ... statistics ... associations ... forms ... tools ... job boards ... discussion lists ... blogs. Starts on page 104.
  • And so much more....

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The cover price of How to Break Into Grant Writing is $69. I think you'll agree that - given the thousands of dollars some copywriting courses cost - this is a reasonable investment for breaking into one of the few remaining copywriting markets that is largely untapped.

Indeed, you'd earn back that investment the very first hour working on your very first grand proposal.

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About Bob Bly

bly on information marketing Bob Bly has been a writer since 1979 and a full-time freelance writer since 1982. He earns more than $600,000 a year from his freelance writing, and became a self-made multi-millionaire while still in his 30s.

Bob has written copy for more than 100 clients including Phillips, Agora, KCI, 21st Century, Weiss Research, EBI Medical Systems, Sony, IBM, AT&T, Grumman, Crain Communications, McGraw-Hill, IBM, Intuit, Nortel, and AlliedSignal.

Bob is the author of more than 60 books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Direct Marketing (Alpha), The Ultimate Unauthorized Star Trek Quiz Book (HarperCollins), The "I Hate Kathie Lee Gifford" Book (Kensington), The Science in Science Fiction (BenBella), and, with Bo Dietl, Business Lunchatations (Penguin).

He has published more than 100 articles in such publications as Subscription Marketing, Direct, Business Marketing, Writer's Digest, and Amtrak Express.

Bob's writing awards include a Gold Echo from the Direct Marketing Association, an IMMY from the Information Industry Association, two Southstar Awards, an American Corporate Identity Award of Excellence, and the Standard of Excellence award from the Web Marketing Association. He also taught writing at New York University.

Bob has appeared as a guest on dozens of TV and radio shows including The Advertising Show, Bernard Meltzer, CNBC, and CBS Hard Copy. He has been featured in major media ranging from the LA Times and Nation's Business to the New York Post and the National Enquirer.

About Michele Boyer
Michele has been writing grant proposals in 1989. After a permanent hearing loss, which prevented her from working in her profession as a respiratory therapist, she began working as a quality improvement coordinator for a rural hospital district, and soon added grant writing, program development, writing and presenting workshops to her job description. Later work writing proposals for a wide variety of nonprofits broadened her experience, which she shares with others. Michele is coauthor of CQI/TQM for the Rest of Us (self-published) and author of number of workshops and "solutions systems" for tracking quality improvements, grant management systems, and e-books on starting up home based businesses.

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