Researching Grants

Grant Professional Competencies: Researching Grants

Preview Questions:  Researching and Identifying Grants

This is our third week in our eight part series where we are talking about the competencies evaluated by the Grant Professional Certification Institute The GPC credentialing process, or Grant Professional Certification, validates knowledge of and competency in the grants profession through education, experience, professional development, community involvement and a psychometrically sound examination. Unlike a certificate of completion, the GPC is not based upon the completion of an activity or course of study.

  • The creation of GPC was started by the Grant Professionals Association in 1999.
  • The first GPC exams were offered in 2007. Since 2012, the GPC exam is  available through electronic testing.
  • As of December 2013, there are 346 GPCs in 43 of the United States and Ecuador.

Within this competency, grant professionals are expected to have knowledge of data sources and major funding sources (both public and private).  Grant professionals should be able to match programs to funding sources.  Moreover, they are expected to have the ability to conduct online funding searches and identify community resources.

If you have a blog post, e-book or other resource about researching grants that you would like to share with the Grantchat community be sure to have your link ready and share it during the chat!

Questions for# Grantchat  08/05/14 (Noon E.T.) cover the third competency evaluated:  Knowledge of how to research, identify and match funding resources to meet specific needs

 

Q1: How do you keep tabs on changes to major trends in PUBLIC funding and policy? #grantchat

Q2: How do your track major trends in PRIVATE grant funding? Is it different by type of program? #grantchat

Q3: What methods, tools and resources to you use to locate funding sources for your programs/clients? #grantchat

Q4: Do you employ techniques to learn about funders? If so, how and why? #grantchat

Q5: Do you have systems or other method to track and update funder information and opportunities? If so, what? #grantchat

Q6: How does your client’s or your org. culture, values and decision making process impact the pursuit of grants? #grantchat

Q7: What are the essential elements of a ‘fundable’ project when researching grant opportunities? #grantchat

Q8: How do you determine the best match between the grant opportunity and your proposed project?#grantchat

Q9: What steps do you take once the RFP/NOFA is out to accurately interpret  the funders guidelines and intent? #grantchat

Q10: What tips, tools or resources do you WISH you used / accessed when you first started grant research and writing?  #grantchat

Please join us Tuesday July 29, 2014 at 12:00 Noon, E.T. on Twitter or follow our live discussion here.

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