Q Is grant writing one of the “professional services” subject to the requirements of Section 19-3-69, and must grant writing services be bid in accordance with Section 31-7-13?

A No, grant writing is not one of the enumerated categories of professionals subject to 19-3-69, but because the contract would only involve services, rather than commodities, the contract is not required to be bid. The grant writer may not be paid on a contingency basis. Expenses for the grant writer should be included in the fee contracted to be paid by the county for the contractor’s services. (Attorney General’s Opinion to McWilliams, June 17, 2016)