Our liberal arts college has had a grants office staffed by two part-time people for the past decade plus. As you would guess, they assisted with proposal writing, budget preparation and proposal submission for external proposals from any department on campus. For budgetary reasons this office was recently eliminated. There has been discussion that external consultants would be hired to assist with larger proposals (but we would be on our own for smaller ones). Does anyone have experience (positive or negative) with using external consultants in this way?