Competing for Federal Grants

Learn how to win government funding!
Competing for Federal Grants - Online

Sign up for the dates that work best for you. All online training is open to everyone regardless of geographic location.

                                Oct 19 - 23

The federal government awards billions of grant dollars each year that support a vast range of services and programs. But this arena is tough and winning federal awards isn’t easy. Competing for Federal Grants provides you with proven approaches and tools to tip the odds in your favor, making your grant applications more competitive and more likely to succeed. During this training you'll:

  • Find federal grant opportunities that match your organization’s mission and priorities
  • Examine application guidelines and analyze funded proposals to see what works, what doesn’t, and why
  • Learn to create a work-plan to guide your proposal development
  • Write and review concept papers that address key proposal sections
  • Learn how to get a head start on competitions before funding guidelines are even released

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, Hazard Community & Technical College, Hazard, KY


Are you working to change your community? Winning federal funding will help you create that change. Are you working remotely? Now is the perfect time to do a deep-dive class and build the knowledge, skills, and confidence you’ll need to be a top-level competitor for federal support.



Your training will be led by one of the experts below. Our trainers have decades of experience developing and winning federal grant awards across a wide spectrum of agencies. Enjoy the high energy, expertise, and the personal guidance you receive as a class participant.

Barbara FloerschBarbara Floersch, Chief of Curriculum & Training, has raised millions of grant dollars from both government and private funders, taught hundreds of classes throughout the U.S. and internationally, conducted numerous online events, served as a federal grant reviewer, published hundreds of articles, and is a regular contributor to the NonProfitTimes. Barbara also authored the textbook, Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing, the updated and expanded edition of Norton Kiritz’s seminal publication.


AJ KingAJ King, Senior Trainer, brings decades of experience in public health plus 16 years of grant experience. AJ’s work includes proposal writing for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of State, California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and numerous foundations; facilitating grant development processes; grant oversight; grant reviews; and program management. AJ also has facilitated processes for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Competing for Federal Grants-Online is an immersive experience that equips you with new skills, an understanding of federal processes, and the confidence to succeed. This training:

  • Is delivered over 5 days, during a single week 
  • Includes eight, online Learning Events
  • Is highly interactive with full group discussions, trainer Q&A sessions, and small team meetings
  • Includes individual and group exercises with coaching by trainers and constructive, collegial input from peers
  • Engages participants in approximately 37 hours of active learning 
  • Offers one-on-one consultation with the trainer
  • Includes an e-notebook filled with a rich variety of resources


The fee for this entire week is $1,395 per person . This includes everything except the textbook, Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing, which can be purchased with your training, or separately, for $45.

When you sign up at least 30 days in advance, you'll get the early-bird discount—pay only $1,295 and save $100! The second person registering from the same organization receives a $50 discount. Sorry, discounts can't be combined. For three or more registrations from the same organization, please contact us for additional discounts:

Payment is processed through PayPal at no charge. PayPal account not required.

Tuition Includes

  • Sample grant proposals for reference
  • An e-notebook of resources
  • Copies of concept papers created and reviewed in class
  • Certificate of Completion for all who fully participate
  • Six months of Alumni Membership benefits which include:
    • A proposal review by one of the Center’s senior trainers
    • Access to GrantStation for researching funders
    • Discounts for more grant training, consulting, & publications



This training is a great resource 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 programs. This fast-paced, federal grants seminar is not recommended for those new to the grant development field. For those just starting out we recommend either the Grantsmanship Training Program® or Essential Grant Skills courses before you participate in the Competing for Federal Grants training so that you get the most benefit from your investment of time and money.


Need approval to take this training? Here’s a letter template you can use. More info: Competing for Federal Grants

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All times listed are per Pacific Time Zone. Please plan according to your own location.

Each event will start at the time in the schedule below but end times may vary slightly.

  Morning Afternoon
Monday 8:00 - 10:00 1:00 - 3:00
Tuesday 8:00 - 10:00 1:00 - 3:00
Wednesday 8:00 - 10:00 1:00 - 3:00
Thursday 8:00 - 10:00         —
Friday         — 1:00 - 3:00

The online Learning Events listed above combine with individual & group exercises completed between the online sessions for five, full and productive days. This class provides approximately 37 hours of active learning. We want you to get the very most from this experience so for maximun benefit, please plan to devote some time between the online sessions to complete the exercises and readings.  


Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing is $45.


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Full participation in Competing for Federal Grants-Online is applicable for 33.0 points in Category 1.B - Education of the Certified Fundraising Raising Executive (CFRE) International application for initial certification and/or recertification.