Grant Writers’ 

code of ethics

What you can expect working with 2200 Grant Writing Services

An issue that comes up often is payment on contingency or commission. New or small organizations ask to pay a freelance grant writer a percentage of the grant and onlyy if the grant proposal is successful. This is considered unethical by most people in the nonprofit industry.

The reason for these policies is that a grant writer working on commission needs to have the best interests of the nonprofit in mind. Grantmakers will seldom allow a grantwriter’s fee to be included in their funding.

You may be asking how this is fair? Why should you have to pay the grantwriter if you don’t get the grant? You’re small or just starting out, how can you afford to pay a grantwriter?

Grantwriters are professional who are paid for their skills and time. Proposals may succeed or fail for a number of different reasons beyond the grantwriter’s control.

If you don’t have any money, you’re to not be ready to apply for grants. Grants shouldn’t be your organizations first dollars raised. You need to raise funds from individuals who believe in your organization and are willing to make a contribution to get you started. Your board members should be your first donors.

Grant Writer’s Code of Ethics

There are many professional organizations that support nonprofits and grant writers. Over the years a code of ethics has been developed that pretty much everyone adheres to. I’d like to share it with you and offer my services with these standards and expectations.


  • Act with the highest sense of honesty and truthfulness.
  • Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Continually improve professional knowledge and skills.
  • Promote positive relationships between grant professionals and stakeholders.
  • Foster cultural diversity and pluralistic values and treat all people with dignity and respect.
  • Ensure that funds are solicited according to program guidelines.



  • Will not disclose privileged information to unauthorized parties. Information acquired from consumers is confidential. This includes verbal and written disclosures, records, and video or audio recording of an activity or presentation without appropriate releases.
  • Will not plagiarize in any professional work, including, but not limited to: grant proposals, journal articles/magazines, scholarly works, marketing materials, websites, etc.
  • Are responsible for knowing confidentiality regulations.
  • Will use accurate and consistent accounting methods.

Professional Obligations

  • Will act in accord with the highest ethical standards of their profession and conscience.
  • Will disclose all relationships that may be or appear to be a conflict of interest.
  • Will recognize their boundaries of competence and are forthcoming about their experience, knowledge, and expertise.
  • Will not be associated directly or indirectly with any service, product, individuals, or organizations in a way this is misleading.


  • Adhere to acceptable means of compensation for services performed.
  • Grant professionals may accept performance-based compensation, such as bonuses, provided such bonuses are in accordance with prevailing practices and are not based on a percentage of grant monies.
  • Grant professionals cannot accept or pay a finder’s fee, commission, or percentage compensation based on grants and will discourage organizations from making such payments.
  • Compensation should not be written into grants unless allowed by the funder.

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