Join the Grant Professionals Association

Grant development is a sophisticated, complex process.  To increase your knowledge and skills in this field, I strongly recommend that you join the Grant Professionals Association (GPA).

GPA’s mission is the “advancement of grantsmanship as a profession and the support of its practitioners.”  Since its inception in 1998, the GPA has grown to over 1,200 members and over 30 local chapters.

Through its many publications and programs,  the GPA provides its members with the information, tools, and proposal development methodologies they need to develop successful grant proposals.

I have found the GPA to combine through its publications and programs three essential elements needed in successful grant proposal development:

  • Information.  Through the GPA, you can learn the latest information about grant proposal development.
  • Processes.  Through the GPA, you can learn the steps you should take to develop successful proposals to government agencies, foundations, and corporate giving sources.
  • Contacts.  Through the GPA’s local chapter meetings, you will meet fellow professionals and thereby broaden and deepen your understanding of the world of grant proposal development.

Each year, the GPA’s national conference provides timely and important information through presentations by practitioners and experts.  Its journal provides useful and stimulating information about the latest in grant development.  And local chapters often sponsor professional meetings and other activities.

The GPA is in the process of establishing a formal grant credentialing process.  This will help advance the profession and provide grants development personnel with important knowledge and skills.

In any profession, one of the main challenges is overcoming intellectual and personal isolation.  For many people, the professional world shrinks to the boundaries of their office space, with unfortunate results.  Widen your world by becoming an active member of the GPA.  You will find it stimulating and a boost to your career in grants development.


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