Various Canadian government grants exist and at times, it may be difficult to understand how to apply for them properly. Fortunately, grant consultants are a great way to increase your chances of obtaining a government grant.
A thorough and professional grant application is the best way to receive funding. Various grant consultants exist throughout Canada, to help simplify the grant application process.
Who are Professional Grant Consultants?
If you have a working prototype available or have already launched your startup, you certainly would need certain level of funding to take your business to the net level. And, if your business is based in Canada, no other funding source can be a better option than a government grant. But, to improve your chances of getting a grant, you need professional’s help, and this is where Professional Grant Consultants can be helpful!
Professional Grant Consultants help you find and apply for local and national Canadian government grants. Services available are grant proposal research, grant writing, grant writing consultations, proofreading and editing, fundraising, and development. In addition, many consultants assist non-profit organizations in grant writing as well.
Services Are Offered?
Full Proposal Writing
Partial Proposal Writing
Grant Prospect Research
of Hiring a Grant Consultant
Hiring a professional grant consultant will increase one’s chances of receiving funding through Canadian government grant. Qualified and experienced writers will simplify the process greatly, as grant writing is complex and time consuming.
Many grant consultants will determine if
you or your organization/business are eligible for the grant before beginning
the process, which will save time in the long run.
All stages of the writing process will be taken care of, including planning, development of the narrative, and submission of the proposal.
In addition, hiring a grant consultant will
allow you free time to continue to pursue academic or business activities, instead
of focusing on writing the grant.
One final and perhaps most important detail
is that grant consultants will ensure that grant deadlines are met.
of Grant Writing
Hourly Rates – Hourly
rates for professional grants writers vary greatly. However, $20 USD for more
inexperienced writers, $50-$70 for more experienced writers, to over $100 USD
per hour is standard for high end, experienced writers.
Fee Schedules – For grant
writers working on a fee schedule, short proposals may be around $200 USD,
while, more complex projects may be $5,000-$7,000 USD. The average rate should
be from $1,000-$8,000 USD.
Combination of Hourly Rates and Fee Schedules – Many consultants offer a combination of both types of rates. Many
are quite flexible, so do not hesitate to ask.
Choose the Perfect Grant Consultant
With the sheer amount of grant writers
offering their services, it may be challenging to know how to choose the right
One option is to see reviews of the
consulting business on websites, such as the Better Business Bureau. One can
easily search by name or location, and read recent reviews.
Another option to find the perfect grant
writer is the simplest; word of mouth recommendations. Ask coworkers, fellow
student, or researchers who they have used in the past.
Finally, freelancer websites are a third option.
Rates are quite varied, and fluctuate by experience level. Read reviews
The Canadian government offers a variety of
grants in the fields of business, education, and development.
For example, specific examples of grants
are the fields of agriculture, arts, culture, and sport, business, environment,
Indigenous community, health, international development, jobs or apprenticeship
training, research, and student aid.
to Find Canadian Government Grants
The government of Canada offers a handy search
option for a variety of grants, divided by specific categories. Various Business
Grants, Student Grants, Environmental Grants, and Research Grants can be found
on the Government of Canada website as well.
to Find Canadian Government Student Grants
A great deal of government grants are
reserved for Canadian students. Grants are available for full-time and part-time
The amount received depends on the province
or territory of residence, family income, number of dependents, tuition fees
and living expenses, as well as if the applicant is a person with a disability.
Grants are easily categorized by full-time
students, part-time students, full-time students with dependents, part-time
students with dependents, grants for students with permanent disabilities, as
well as services and equipment for students with permanent disabilities.
The Government of Canada offers
approximately $1,800 CAD per year for low to middle-income students per year.
to Find Canadian Government Research Grants
Government funding is one of the most
important aspects for researchers to continue their work. The Canadian
government offers various government grants, in the fields of the Environment, Social
Sciences and the Humanities, Aerospace, Defence, and Security, Health, Natural
Sciences and Engineering, Energy, Nuclear, Oil, and Gas, and Genomics.
to Find Canadian Government Business Grants
Various business grants are also available
through the Canadian government. Examples
include Financial Support for Growth and Expansion, Funding to Advance
Commercialization, and Funding to Establish New Facilities and Attract
Grant writing can be a very complex
process. Luckily, various grant consultants are available nationwide to help
you with applying for Canadian government grants.
About Author: Chris Fraser
Chris has served as a business advisor to a big list of small and micro businesses; localized businesses and social enterprise in particular. Chris is also an avid reader and loves to stay updated about latest tech and innovation.