FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How many members are currently active in GPA?
The number of active members is over 2,800.

2. What types of membership do you have?
GPA has six types of memberships: Professional, Entry-Level, Student, Legacy, Organizational, and Retiree. 
Professional membership is the most popular. This dues rate is mainly for the persons that do not fall into the below membership dues rates.
Entry Level membership is a category for grant professionals who have been in the grants profession for two years or less as proven by the submission of a resume and a letter from your employer certifying this. Membership in this category is limited to one year. After one year, the member would pay the National membership fee in order to stay in good standing with GPA. 
Student membership is available for persons who are enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at a college or university (12 credit hours) or who are enrolled in a graduate program (9 credit hours). Documentation of the enrollment must be submitted with the membership application.

Retiree membership is a category for persons who have been a member of GPA for two years prior to becoming a retiree member. The member cannot be working as a grant professional in any capacity.

Legacy membership is only available to those who have joined GPA prior to December, 1999. Individuals must keep their Legacy membership current to receive the Legacy membership rate.

Organizational membership is a dues category for organizations that would like the membership to stay with the organization. Fabulous discounts available for organizations with two or more members.

To view more information on each membership, visit the membership page.

3.  Why should I become a member of GPA?
Most grant professionals join GPA for the professional development, networking, discounts on our conferences and webinars, member benefits, camaraderie, local chapters, and the deep discounts on online search engines and grant management software programs.

4.  How do I become a member of GPA?
Click here to be taken to the information on becoming a member. Follow the instructions for paying online or by fax/mail.

5. How much does it cost to join GPA?
Each membership has a different dues rate. To see the most current pricing, click here.

6.  Is an annual membership based on a calendar year?
No. If you join GPA on March 14th, your membership will be active for one year. Your membership would expire on March 31st the following year.

7.  What are your office hours?
GPA Headquaters is open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm CST. Headquarters is closed for major US holidays.

8.  Is your online member network secure?
Yes. Our online payment system and online website is 100% secure. If you do not wish to submit your payment online, please feel free to call Headquarters at 913-788-3000 for assistance.

9.  How do I get a new membership card?
If you have lost your membership card, please feel free to contact GPA Headquarters at 913-788-3000 or email staff@grantprofessionals.org to request a new one be sent to you.

10.  Are membership dues tax deductible?
GPA is a 501(c)(6) corporation. Membership dues are not tax deductible under the 501(c)(3) rulings. The cost of professional association membership dues are a business expense and could be deductible on an individual’s tax return. Persons should contact their tax advisor for further clarification.

11.  I forgot my password. How do I reset it?
To reset your password, you may:
a.) Go to the "Forgot My Password" link on any page of the GPA website. It will prompt you to reset your password.
b.) Call GPA Headquarters to request your password to be reset.

12.  My email address just changed. How do I update my records?
You can update your official GPA member contact information yourself. Here's how: Once logged in, go to the My Account link at the top of the screen. Then click on My Profile tab in the left menu. This will bring up your profile where you can edit your information and update/change your password.

13.  What are your membership benefits?
We offer a multitude of membership benefits with deep discounts on products that are beneficial to grant professionals. We provide weekly updates on emerging issues in the grants industry. To view the most current benefits that are included in a membership, visit the GPA website, click on the Membership tab and then click the Benefits tab. If you have any questions about any of the benefits, please feel free to contact Kelli Romero, GPA Membership Director at kelli@grantprofessionals.org or 913-788-3000.

14.  Do you offer any membership discounts?
Yes. Organizational membership is a dues category for organizations that would like the membership to stay with the organization. Fabulous discounts available for organizations with two or more members. The Organizational membership has various dues amounts from $$350 for two staff to $650 for four staff, etc. Click here to find out more.

15.  I would like to hire a grant consultant. How do I find one in my area?
A section of our site is dedicated to help you locate consultants who could assist you. Please visit the Find a Consultant page on this website. On this page, you can easily click on the speciality you would like to locate a consultant.

17.  I have a question that hasn’t been addressed by your FAQ. Whom can I contact?
For membership, sponsorships/exhibiting, advertising or benefit questions, contact the GPA Membership & Marketing Director, Kelli Romero at kelli@grantprofessionals.org.
For accounting, invoicing and or billing questions, or to make a payment, contact Leesa Whitson, GPA Administrative Assistant at leesa@grantprofessionals.org.

For event information or annual conference information, or if you would like to volunteer with the association, contact Barb Boggs, GPA Event and  Volunteer Manager at barb@grantprofessionals.org.

For all chapter-related questions, including chapter memberships, etc., contact Shelley Wales, GPA Chapter Relations Manager at shelley@grantprofessionals.org.

For all other questions or inquiries, please email them to staff@grantprofessionals.org.

You may also call GPA Headquarters at 913-788-3000.