This week on #GrantChat our guest Amanda Ripstra is discussing decoding the Federal government for grant pros.
Amanda Ripstra, GPC serves as Grants Development Specialist for the Maricopa County Community College District. Her position supports the development of various grant proposals across the 10 individually accredited colleges within the District. Amanda earned her Grant Professional Certified (GPC) credential in 2016. Amanda was selected for the E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship with the USDA in June 2017. Prior to joining Maricopa in 2014, Amanda worked in grants and development with Catholic Charities Community Services, Inc. Amanda has experience developing responsive grant proposals to a variety of organizations, including all levels of government and private foundations, and she has secured close to $5 million in grant funding over the past 6 years. She is an AmeriCorps alumna and served 2 years as a VISTA member in Arizona. Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from Florida State University.
Q1: How much of your work focuses on Federal grants? #grantchat
Q2: What is your biggest challenge when reading Federal grant solicitations? #grantchat
Q3: What approach do you take when sitting down to read a Federal grant solicitation? #grantchat
Q4: What is the difference between career, appointed, and term positions in Federal agencies? #grantchat
Q5: What strategies have you found helpful in developing relationships with Federal program officers? #grantchat
Q6: What challenges have you faced when working with Federal program officers? #grantchat
Q7: What Federal agencies do you turn to when looking for data? #grantchat
Q8: Have you ever served as a Federal grant reviewer? What was your experience? #grantchat
Q9: What tips do you have for successful Federal grant applications? #grantchat
Q10: How did you gain experience in writing Federal proposals? #grantchat
Guests: Amanda Ripstra, GPC @AmandaRipstra