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GPA has a growing international and affiliate chapter membership of over 2,800 active members, all of whom have an interest in the grants profession. GPA members come from all sectors of the international grants community. They represent education, government, the nonprofit sector and private enterprise. They include grant developers, managers, funders, administrators, planners and evaluators. All promote and support the mission and philosophy of the association.

Membership is open to any individual with an interest in, and commitment to, the grants profession. 

Why should I become a member?
  • Attractive personal benefits - Pride in belonging to the largest professional association in the grant profession
  • Opportunities for Continuing Education - Attend THE premier event for grant professionals, webinars, chapter meetings or regional conferences
  • Access to professional publications and resources
  • Establish a network of contacts in your community and around the world
  • Financial benefits such as discounts to grant training, software, office supplies, insurance and more


Annual Membership Dues Levels:

Professional Membership - $220
Professional Membership is available for individuals that do not fall in any of the following categories: Student, Entry Level, Retiree or Legacy. Individuals who are Professional members are able to run for a position on the GPA Board of Directors, vote, volunteer and receive full member benefits.

Student Membership - $92
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. Documentation of the enrollment must be submitted with the membership application. Student members are able to run for a position on the GPA Board of Directors, vote, volunteer and receive full member benefits.

Entry Level Membership - $160
Entry Level Membership is a category for persons who have been in the grants profession for two years or less as proven by the submission of a resume and/or a letter from your employer certifying this. Membership in this category is limited to one year. After one year, the member would pay the Professional membership fee at renewal date in order to stay in good standing with GPA. Entry Level members are able to run for a position on the GPA Board of Directors, vote, volunteer and receive full member benefits.

Retiree Membership - $92
Seeking retirement soon? Stay connected with your community and use your expertise to mentor new grant professionals by renewing at the Retiree Membership rate. The Retiree Membership is a category for persons who are not working as a grant professional in any capacity [i.e., either part-time or as a consultant]. See the requirements and benefits below.

1. Members must hold an active GPA membership for one year immediately prior to requesting retired status.
2. Minimum of fifty-five (55) years of age.
3. Permanent retirement from the grants profession, including but not limited to any of the following: grant research, grant proposal development, grant consulting, grant management, or grant administration. Member must be completely retired from the profession and place of employment and is no longer seeking gainful employment of any kind. Member may continue to work on a voluntary/pro-bono basis.
4. May not be employed by a company that is classified as a vendor or consultant to the grants profession.
5. Upon return to the grants profession, member must change to another membership category (other than retiree).
6. Member retains the option to change membership category at any time.

1. Retired members have voting privileges.
2. Retired members may serve on committees.
3. Retired members are eligible for all GPA member benefits and registration rates, including the Annual Conference.
4. Retired members can not hold an elected position on the GPA Board of Directors.

Special Case - Retired-Legacy Members:
1. Legacy members who request status may select the category Retired-Legacy by calling the GPA Headquarters.
2. The dues for the Retired-Legacy membership category shall be waived for the lifetime of the member.

Legacy Membership - $50
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. Legacy members are able to run for a position on the GPA Board of Directors, vote, volunteer and receive full member benefits.

Organizational Discount - $180 per person
GPA provides a discount for organizations that have two or more members who join. Memberships are on an individual basis. Each member will need to contact GPA's Membership Director for the discount code to join as a Professional member at a discount.

Membership is limited to one year and stays with the individual should they leave the organization on record. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Chapter Memberships are additional per person.

AmeriCorps VISTA - $92
If you're an AmeriCorps VISTA member, please contact to receive the discount code to join.

Membership in GPA is more than just benefits and conferences. It is being a part of the only international, professional organization that represents the needs and concerns of grant professionals. As a member of the Grant Professionals Association, you will be a part of the country's largest and fastest-growing organization representing the interests of those committed to grantsmanship as a profession.

GPA reserves the right to deny and/or revoke membership. GPA memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.