The Kester Group works on a flat fee that is based on the complexity of the application and the time remaining until the deadline. Over the years we have found that flat fees benefit you the most. It is essential that you work with us constantly throughout the grant preparation process, and we never want communication to be hampered by someone thinking, “oh gee, if I call them, it’s going to cost me.” 

  • Retainer Agreements: Flat fee, based on number of proposals desired; typically range from $15,000 to $60,000 annually
  • Foundation Proposals: average about $3,000 (multi-proposal contract required)
  • Government Proposals: range from $4,000 to more than $25,000, depending on the size of the proposal, number of partners, time to deadline and many other factors
  • Research Reports: $3,000-$10,000
  • Speaking Engagements: $2,000/day plus expenses
  • Program Evaluations: from $3,000 to $20,000, or $2,000/day plus expenses

The fee ranges provided above are examples only. Your situation may vary. We will always quote you an exact fee that's tailored to your precise situation.

Percentage-Based or Contingency Fee Compensation

The Kester Group supports and follows the ethical standards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Grant Professionals Association. We never work on a commission or contingency fee basis (payment only if the grant is funded), nor are we allowed to build our fee into most grants. (Several laws and regulations prohibit this in most cases.)

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