Developing a National Grant System: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Growth

Description: 
This session will have two primary learning objectives. By the end of this session, 1) each participant will have an increased understanding of how to maximize their impact when managing a grant office that works with multiple sites and 2) each participant will have increased connections with other grant professionals who are able to share insights and grow from each other. This session aligns with multiple GPC competencies. We will discuss strategies for effective program and project design and development as we review the challenges and opportunities that a grant professional faces when working in a new site. We will briefly touch on the nuances of how to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs with a different geographical location. This includes methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between the local site leaders and the local grant makers. As we discuss program in various regions, we will also touch on organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking. We will also discuss strategies for coordinating post-award grant management practices within other locations.

The general outline of this session will be a presentation that provides a historical perspective, using my personal experience as a case study. This will include communication challenges, grant solicitation and procurement within other regions, grant management/reporting, and various challenges that have arisen (turnover, local issues, training, etc). We will then discuss strategies that I have learned to be more effective. Throughout the session, I will encourage and facilitate discussion among the group so that we can collectively learn from each other's experiences.


GPC Competencies Addressed:
Strategies for effective program and project design and development
How to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders


Speakers: 
Nathan Medina has been working in nonprofits since 1990. He has secured and managed over $11.6 million in grants since 2006 for Lydia Home Association in Chicago. He served as the president of GPA in 2016 and 2017, received his GPC in 2008, and has served on the GPA national board and the GPA Chicago chapter board. He received a Masters Degree in Public Services Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration from DePaul University in 2003.