Competing for Federal Grants


Get ready to win federal grants

Despite budget cuts, the federal government continues to award billions of dollars in grants each year. Competition for federal dollars was always tough, and now it’s even tougher. To succeed with federal grants, you need to meet the stepped-up challenges and you need to plan ahead—as much as a year before a grant award is announced. Get a running start for success. Learn how to position your organization to secure federal awards!

Take advantage of an expert guide 

Competing for Federal Grants takes you through the federal grants process step by step—from finding funding opportunities and understanding application guidelines to developing and writing winning proposals. This training helps you build an effective, proactive approach to federal funding and to avoid common mistakes.

During the training, you:

  • Use recent grant application guidelines and real funded proposals to examine what works, what doesn’t, and why
  • Develop a work-plan for proposal development
  • Write key proposal sections
  • Review proposals drafted by your peers
  • Have your own work reviewed by others

You do all of this with expert guidance. Every one of The Grantsmanship Center’s Competing for Federal Grants trainers is an active and prolific proposal writer who has won millions of dollars in some of the toughest federal competitions. They know what’s happening in the field right now.

"Thanks for this excellent training! Two months later I applied for my first federal grant. Our college was one of only 10 awardees in the nation and will receive nearly $750,000 over three years. I really appreciate the encouragement and instruction. "
Melissa Vermillion, Grant Writer
Hazard Community & Technical College
Hazard, KY

Who should take this training?

This training is a good fit for all types of organizations that compete—or plan to compete—in the federal arena: state, county, and local agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, private nonprofit organizations, and even for-profit organizations that are eligible for specific federal funding programs. This fast-paced, intensive training is not recommended for those new to the grant development field. (For those new to the field, start with either Grantsmanship Training Program® or Essential Grant Skills.)

What you learn

  • Find federal funding opportunities that match the mission and priorities of your organization
  • Scope-out upcoming competitions to get a head start—before the funding guidelines are released
  • Interpret application guidelines and decipher what they’re really asking for
  • Assess whether it makes sense to enter a particular competition
  • Assemble a work-plan for developing a powerful proposal
  • Develop an effective, well-documented case for funding
  • Assemble proposals that follow guidelines and respond to the funder's requirements

Why this learning lasts

Competing for Federal Grants uses our Listen & Discuss, Do & Review® curriculum, combing presentations, discussions, and practical, hands-on exercises to take you step-by-step through planning a program and developing a grant proposal. You immediately put new knowledge into practice, build powerful skills, and retain what you learn. This curriculum is based on best practices for adult learners where concepts are actually practiced—the information sticks with you.

You’re not alone when class is over

As a graduate of Competing for Federal Grants, you receive 12 months of full membership in The Grantsmanship Center’s Membership Program at no additional cost. This helps you:

  • Strengthen a proposal. You have a full year after the training to submit a proposal to one of our trainers for advice on how to improve it.
  • Find funders. Receive a full year of access to GrantDomain, our user-friendly, continuously updated database of foundation, corporate, and federal grantmakers. GrantDomain helps you target appropriate funders, while saving aggravation, time, and money.
  • Build your own skills or those of your team. After you complete the Competing for Federal Grants training, you or one other person from your organization may attend our 5-day Grantsmanship Training Program® for 50% off the regular tuition fee!
  • Enjoy other discounts on publications, consulting services, and more.
  • Find the answers you need. Ask The Center! Need help untangling application guidelines or handling tricky situations? Contact us. We're here to help our alumni find answers.

How to attend

Tuition for the 5-day Competing for Federal Grants training is $1,195. This includes all training materials and follow-up support through The Grantsmanship Center’s Membership Program. Receive a $100 early bird discount when you register and pay for a Competing for Federal Grants training at least 30 days before the training.

Choose the training you want and register online or call The Grantsmanship Center’s Registrar: (800) 421-9512 or (213) 482-9860.

Details and logistics

  • Once your payment (or purchase order) is received, we email your confirmation, including directions to the training location plus parking info.
  • Dress for comfort.
  • If possible, bring a laptop computer and a flash drive (thumb drive).
  • If you plan to work on a specific federal grant application, please bring the guidelines and other relevant information.
  • Training begins each day at 8:30 am and ends by 5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Wednesday, you’ll be working on a project with your team and may choose to stay later. On Friday, the class ends by 1:00 pm.
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided. Lunch is on your own--choose a local spot from list provided.
  • You receive a complete manual of training materials when you arrive at the training.


Bring this Workshop to Your Community

Train staff at no cost while helping nonprofits in your community build capacity by hosting this training! Learn more: or, give us a call at (800) 421-9512 or (213) 482-9860, or visit the Partner With Us page.