International Grant Professionals Day

International Grant Professionals Day and Week

International Grant Professionals Day and Week is the annual celebration to recognize and show appreciation to all grant professionals. Take time to celebrate the administrators, consultants, managers, grant-makers and grant proposal developers for their beneficial contributions to people, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. It is a time to honor more than 1.5 million grant professionals around the world who seek, implement and award approximately$700 billion in grant funding each year. 

Celebrate Grant Professionals!

  • International Grant Professionals Day is March 10, 2017
  • International Grant Professionals Week is March 6-10, 2017
  • Each day of the week-long celebration is devoted to an aspect of the profession
  • Honoring grant seekers, grant makers, and grant project managers

Click here to download the International Grant Professionals Day Press Release.
Click here to access the IGPD Resource Center with documents and logos to help assist you in promoting the event.
International Grant Professionals Week/Day Proclamation signed by GPA Board of Directors.
Letter from the Tri-Board (GPA, GPF, GPCI) Presidents to celebrate IGPD
Grant Memes
Thank You e-Card Examples


International Grant Professionals Day Information

Friday, March 10th – International Grant Professionals Day

  1. International Grant Professionals Day Event!
  2. Honoring Grant People
  3. Recognition and Appreciation Website/Photos/Stories
  4. Celebration of Projects/Awards/Contests
  5. Event webpage/web blog
International Grant Professionals Day will increase awareness internationally of the work grant professionals perform.  Events planned for this day encourage members, committees, Boards, Chapters, and individuals to celebrate, especially through social media, the profession and highlight important issues faced by grant professionals.

International Grant Professionals Week Information 

Monday, March 6th – Grant Profession Education & Awareness Day
  1.  Education and Awareness
  2.  Promoting the Grant Profession
  3.  What we do (30-second speech) tools and back up docs
  4.  Myth-busting and misnomers
  5.  Importance of the Profession
  6.  Grant Professional Impact Survey
  7.  Analysis and Future Trends

Always striving to learn best practices, contributing to the field of knowledge, and sharing  the vision of a better future, grant professionals are now being recognized on an international scale for their role in moving the needle, providing capacity for nonprofits and volunteer organizations to fulfill their mission, vision and goals on the world stage.

Tuesday, March 7th – GPA Chapter and Community Event Day
  1. Chapter and Community Events
  2. Social Media
  3. Advocacy and Youth
  4. Advancing professionalism of the field
  5. Chapter Involvement and calls for action
  6. GPCI and the GPC credential
  7. Other organizations and outreach
  8. Training opportunities
GPA Chapter members and local leaders will plan events to advance the professionalism of the field. The events get chapters involved in community outreach and working in tandem with other organizations.  GPA is a professional organization that builds and supports a community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good.  We have partnered in this effort with GPCI, the grant profession’s organization that is dedicated to promoting competency and ethical practices within the field of grantsmanship, and the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF), the fundraising partner ensuring the resources are available to train, credential and advocate for all grant professionals.

Learn about how you can host a chapter or community level event by checking out our toolkit and resources.


Wednesday, March 8th – International Event Day
  1. International/National Events
  2. Worldwide Engagement
  3. Networking and Careers
  4. Giving Back and volunteering
  5. GPA - the Authority
  6. Grant Best Practices
  7. Group projects/Grant development
  8. Ethics/Financial/Procurement
  9. Grant Management/Project Administration

Every day, grant professionals work diligently, often behind the scenes, to seek grant opportunities, administer projects and implement important programs that benefit many aspects of society such as children, youth, elderly, the disadvantaged, the environment, the arts, education, libraries, hospitals, etc..  These talented professionals are dedicated to providing the highest standard of ethics, quality program development, thoughtful project implementation and wise financial stewardship.  Often, those standards extend beyond the mere financial and include capacity support, long term solutions to challenges, fundraising assistance, expert project management, sustainable programming and so much more.


Thursday, March 9th – Thank you! Grant Entrepreneurs, Grant Makers, Partners and Volunteer Day
  1. Entrepreneurs, Partners and Volunteers
  2. Thank you!
  3. Partnerships and Capacity building
  4. Honoring our Pioneer Awardees and trendsetters

Grant professionals everywhere rely on the efforts and expertise of critical volunteers. Without the volunteer Board members, program and service providers many grant projects would not succeed.  Grant entrepreneurs and development consultants are working to craft effective grant proposals that address the needs articulated by grant makers and donors. Hand in hand these professionals serve the common good.  The world needs more partners like ours!

International Grant Professionals Day/Week Partners
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