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GPA Headquarters Has Moved!
Exciting things have happened at GPA and we need to share some important news with you. The GPA offices have relocated in the Kansas City Metro. Please update your records to reflect our new address: 10881 Lowell Avenue, Suite 190, Overland Park, KS. 66210.

Early-Bird Conference Registration Rates End on July 31, 2015

You're invited to enter the Gateway to Grant Success and register for the premiere event in the grant industry! Meet the faces behind the names of experts and colleagues in the grant profession by attending innovative learning opportunities via the Discussion Den and Human Library. We also have a fantastic line up of over 70 workshops to choose from and there will be plenty of chances to meet  your professional colleagues face-to-face. The 2015 annual conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri on November 11-14. Let the GPA Annual Conference be your "Gateway to Grant Success" for  professional development! Register today!

New Blog Article - Which Comes First, the Grant Budget or the Narrative?
By: Rachel Werner

It’s the age-old “chicken or the egg” question, a brain teaser and an example of the cycle of life. As we all know, having access to information upon preparation of a grant application is essential to the success of the proposal. How can any application (large or small, federal or private) be successful without essential elements such as the organization’s mission, evaluation plan, description of the program and statement of need? However, beyond these elements, which are crucial to the success of the proposal, what about the budget? Does the budget request drive the focus of the application, or does the narrative paint a picture and then the budget supplements these words? Let’s review to think through the importance of both throughout the pre-application process.


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The GPA Membership Benefit Survey will help us to better serve your needs. This survey is intended to provide the GPA Headquarters with a clear sense of what our member's wants and needs are in regards to benefits. The survey should take approximately five minutes to complete. Your responses are anonymous, unless you choose to share your name and information. If you do choose to enter your contact information, you will be entered into a drawing for a free GPA Professional Membership (value $209). All responses will be kept confidential. The survey will be available until Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST. Thank you in advance for your time. 

 

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  • Answering the Sustainability Question

    • Monday, July 27, 2015
    • Margit Brazda Poirier

    As grant professionals, we have seen many versions of “the sustainability question”—“What is the future of this program and how will you support it beyond the grant period?” or “How will the program be sustained after the grant ends?” The question appears in almost all federal, state, foundation and corporate grant applications. And if it isn’t asked, funders still want to know your plans for the future. 

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  • Which comes first, the grant budget or the narrative?

    • Friday, July 17, 2015
    • Rachel Werner

    It’s the age-old “chicken or the egg” question, a brain teaser and an example of the cycle of life. As we all know, having access to information upon preparation of a grant application is essential to the success of the proposal. How can any application (large or small, federal or private) be successful without essential elements such as the organization’s mission, evaluation plan, description of the program and statement of need? However, beyond these elements, which are crucial to the success of the proposal, what about the budget? Does the budget request drive the focus of the application, or does the narrative paint a picture and then the budget supplements these words? Let’s review to think through the importance of both throughout the pre-application process.

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  • What Does it Mean to be Grant Ready?

    • Monday, July 6, 2015
    • Jo Miller

    By: Smartegrants, Diane H. Leonard, GPC and Jo Miller, GPC, CSMS Grants are a competitive process. Ask any serious competitor about the keys to their success and you will hear the same answer over and over: preparation!   Organizations that successfully get grants approach grant development as a competition. A Grant Ready Organization (GRO) is an organization that is prepared to apply for grant opportunities. GROs have all of their records, registrations and audits in place, accessible, and up-to-date. GROs have engaged and gained support from leadership, policy-makers, and stakeholders. GROs align their mission, vision, and capacity with their understanding of community needs to build the foundation of their grant seeking strategy.

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