Competing for Federal Grants

Learn how to win government funding!
Competing for Federal Grants - Online

Sign up for the dates that work best for you. All online training is open to everyone regardless of geographic location.

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Aug 12 - 16, 2024
Oct 21 - 25, 2024

The federal government awards billions of grant dollars each year that support a vast range of services and programs. But this arena is tough and winning federal awards isn’t easy. Competing for Federal Grants provides you with proven approaches and tools to tip the odds in your favor, making your grant applications more competitive and more likely to succeed.

During this training you'll:

  • Find federal grant opportunities that match your organization’s mission and priorities
  • Examine application guidelines and analyze funded proposals to see what works, what doesn’t, and why
  • Learn to create a work-plan to guide your proposal development
  • Write and review concept papers that address key proposal sections
  • Learn how to get a head start on competitions before funding guidelines are even released

Thanks for this excellent training! Two months later, I applied for my first federal grant. Our college was one of only 10 awardees in the nation and will receive nearly $750,000 over three years. I really appreciate the encouragement and instruction.

– Melissa Vermillion, Hazard Community & Technical College, Hazard, KY



Are you working to change your community? Winning federal funding will help you create that change. Are you working remotely? Now is the perfect time to do a deep-dive class and build the knowledge, skills, and confidence you’ll need to be a top-level competitor for federal support.



Your training will be led by one of the experts below. Our trainers have decades of experience developing and winning federal grant awards across a wide spectrum of agencies. Enjoy the high energy, expertise, and the personal guidance you receive as a class participant.

Christine BlackChristine K. Black, MLS, Senior Trainer, has won grants in major federal and foundation competitions, served as proposal reviewer for the U.S. Dept. of Ed., and taught grant proposal writing classes across the U.S. and internationally. As Assistant Director for Research Development at the University of Michigan Medical School, Chris supported faculty proposal development, including training, writing, editing, and reviewing. She developed the nationally recognized, often emulated R01 Boot Camp, a mentoring academy for young faculty.

AJ KingAJ King, Senior Trainer, brings decades of experience in public health plus 16 years of grant experience. AJ’s work includes proposal writing for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of State, California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and numerous foundations; facilitating grant development processes; grant oversight; grant reviews; and program management. AJ also has facilitated processes for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Competing for Federal Grants-Online is an immersive experience that equips you with new skills, an understanding of federal processes, and the confidence to succeed.

This comprehensive training focused on federal grants:

  • Is delivered over 5 days, during a single week 
  • Includes eight, online Learning Events
  • Is highly interactive with full group discussions, trainer Q&A sessions, and small team meetings
  • Includes individual and group exercises with coaching by trainers and constructive, collegial input from peers
  • Engages participants in approximately 33 hours of active learning 
  • Offers one-on-one consultation with the trainer
  • Includes an e-notebook filled with a rich variety of resources


Tuition for this entire week is $1,495 per person. Save $100 and pay only $1,395 with the Early Bird discount by paying at least 30 days in advance. Tuition includes a robust e-notebook with class PowerPoints and lots of resources--everything you need except the textbook, Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing, which can be purchased with your training, or separately, for $45 plus S&H.

Payments are processed through PayPal at no charge. PayPal account is not required.

Tuition Includes

  • An e-notebook full of resources
  • Sample grant proposals for reference
  • Copies of concept papers created and reviewed in class
  • Certificate of Completion for all who fully participate
  • Six months of Alumni Membership benefits which include:
    • A proposal review by one of the Center’s senior trainers
    • Access to GrantStation for researching funders
    • Discounts for more grant training, consulting, & publications



This training is a great resource for all types of organizations that compete — or plan to compete — in the federal arena: state, county, and local agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, private nonprofit organizations, and even for-profit organizations that are eligible for specific programs.

This fast-paced, federal grants training is not recommended for beginners. For those just starting out, we recommend either the Grantsmanship Training Program® or Essential Grant Skills course before you participate in the Competing for Federal Grants training so that you get the most benefit from your investment of time and money.

Need approval to take this training? Here’s a letter template you can use. More info: Competing for Federal Grants

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All times listed are per Pacific Time Zone. Please plan according to your own location, if needed. Each event starts at scheduled time but end times may vary slightly depending on class needs.

This training is power-packed with dynamic information! The online Learning Events listed below are coordinated with individual & group exercises completed between the online sessions for five, full and productive days which provides approximately 33 total hours of active learning. To get the very most from this experience, please plan to devote time between the online sessions to complete the exercises and reading.    


  Morning online event Between online events Afternoon online event Between online events
Mon 8 to 10am PT Exercises, reading & break Noon to 2pm PT Exercises, reading & break
Tue 8 to 10am PT Exercises, reading & break Noon to 2pm PT Exercises, reading & break
Wed 8 to 10am PT Exercises, reading & break Noon to 2pm PT Exercises, reading & break
Thu 8 to 10am PT Group work Group work Group work
Fri Group work Group work Noon to 2pm PT  


Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing is $45 plus S&H.


When You Want More—Because it's not “Grant Writing”

Successful grant proposals are about the thinking, not just the writing. We help you focus on program planning, developing logical and compelling proposals, mastering powerful research tools, and building partnerships to increase impact. Learn about clear, direct writing and the 8 steps for writing a proposal. This deep and comprehensive approach is the heart of our training—because it works!


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Full participation in the Grantsmanship Training Program - Online is applicable for 33.0 points in Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.