GPA Membership Scholarships Available Now!


The Grant Professionals Foundation Fall Membership Scholarship Cycle opens today and closes on 9/30/17. This would provide a free year national and chapter scholarship to either a member or non-member of GPA!

For more information on the eligibility requirements and terms of application visit:

The link to apply for the scholarship is:

All scholarships are made possible through contributions from individual donors and donations from your local chapter! Please apply and take advantage of these opportunities to further your professional growth.

Looking for application tips? Check out this post from Dr. Judy Riffle:

Volunteers needed!

GPA AZ Founding Chapter Board is looking for a few good MEMBERS to steward this year’s nominating process as part of the 2017 GPA AZ Nominating Committee. This committee will help recruit potential nominees for the 2018 Board Slate of Candidates and steward the overall nomination and voting process. Interested? Please email your name and contact information, along with a short paragraph about why you would be a good fit for this committee to:

You must:
Be a current GPA National and AZ Founding Chapter member
Be willing to volunteer between 5 and 10 hours per month between now and December
Be willing to attend the annual meeting on December 21, 2017
Be willing to abstain from running for a position on the 2018 Chapter Board

Federal Grants Training in Mesa October 16-20

Competing for Federal Grants
Mesa, Arizona
October 16-20, 2017
Do you already have experience with foundation and private grants? Here’s a great chance to learn how to secure federal awards: take the Competing for Federal Grants training course.

Helping experienced grant professionals
This interactive training is a good fit for people who already have some grant proposal experience. Write key sections of a proposal in class, review concept papers written by your peers, and learn how to plan for maximum success with future competitions.

Special follow-up care for 12 months – at no extra cost!
Follow-up support includes a proposal review, full access to the Center’s databases of foundation, corporate, and federal grantmakers (a $495 value), and more!

Tuition for this training is $1,195, but if you pay by September 4, you’ll receive our Early Bird Rate and pay only $1,095.


August Happy Hour

You’re invited to happy hour with GPA Arizona!
When: August 16, 2017, 5-7 PM
Where: Z’Tejas Mexican Restaurant and Grill, 1525 Bethany Home Road Phoenix, AZ 85014
Price: Free – GPA Arizona will provide appetizers

Join us to expand your network and reconnect with colleagues after the summer break. Brainstorm and chat about potential grant opportunities in a casual, laid back environment. Share tips and industry information with grant professionals from diverse areas of industry.

RSVP below. Don’t forget your business cards!

August Webinar from Arizona Chapter Member, Sharon Skinner, GPC

GPA Arizona Founding Chapter member, Sharon Skinner, GPC, is presenting a webinar in August for GPA National on proposal development.

August 10 – The Narrative Thread in Your Grant Proposal: Telling a Compelling Story Without Writing Fiction
A fun presentation that offers a new perspective on proposal writing. Attendees will learn how to write a grant proposal using the elements of fiction–without making things up. Attendees will Increase knowledge of proposal construction by seeing proposal writing in a fresh new light.

Did you know GPA National webinars are free for GPA members? You can watch the webinars live or access recorded webinars later through your GPA National account.

Not a GPA Member yet? Consider joining today or you can purchase individual webinars for $30

Job Opportunity: Grant Writer at Seed Spot


Position Overview: The grant writer is responsible for prospect research, grant writing, and grant reporting to reach fundraising goals for both the youth and adult programs. This includes the development of prospect pipelines and grants calendar, writing grants, responding to requests for proposals, producing donor documentation to secure funding, and completing grant reports as required.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Generate prospect pipeline and maintain weekly research to increase amount of potential donors in database
  • Produce proposals that are specifically aligned to high probability grant opportunities
  • Consult with key members of the team to gather relevant information to ensure accuracy in all proposals
  • Develop and maintain stock language that speaks to relevancy and impact of our programs
  • Implement and maintain calendar of grant deadlines, reports, and other relevant information
  • Serve as lead point of contact for all proposals, leverage National Director of Development and CEO as needed
  • Complete all grant proposals per deadlines
  • Submit all grant reports on deadline

Key Qualifications, Attributes, and Skills:

  • Demonstrated track record of successful grant writing
  • Ability to conduct research, identify top prospects, and align the SEED SPOT mission to opportunities
  • Exceptional written communication skills, ability to translate complex information into simple terms
  • High level of attention to detail and ability to follow instructions
  • Strong oral communication and team building skills to effectively leverage the team to support grant needs


  • Reports to: CEO currently, National Director of Development in future

FY18 Performance Goals:

  • Secure $1.5M in philanthropic grant funding
  • Maintain accurate prospect pipeline and calendar of grant opportunities and deadlines
  • Submit all grants and grant reports on or before deadline

Apply Here

Training Opportunity: Grant Writing Boot Camp Express


What: Grant Writing Boot Camp Express
When: September 20, 2017 from 9 AM – 4 PM
Where: Goodyear City Hall – First Floor 190 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear AZ 85338
Workshop Sponsor: Grant Writing Training Foundation
Presenter: Dr. Bev Browning
Cost: $149; $129 if 3 or more from same org.

This comprehensive hands-on fast-moving boot camp covers writing the critical, high point review sections of a sure to win grant application/proposal. Bring your project ideas and supporting documentation to complete 95% of your proposal narrative at the boot camp!
Continuing Education Units: The Grant Writing Training Foundation is an approved training provider for the Grant Professionals Association (GPA).

What will be covered in this exciting session with Dr. Bev Browning, CSPF?

  • Reviewing grant writing formats
  • Writing the capability statement
  • Writing the statement of need
  • Writing a program design, developing a logic model and planning the evaluation process
  • Writing the sustainability statement

How can you come prepared for Grant Writing Boot Camp Express?

  • Bring a computer (have it charged and bring your power cord); no handwriting materials will be available.
  • Bring information on your grant writing project including: organization’s background/history; current programs and activities; the needs of the community where you provide services; writing paper for additional notes, and a pen/pencil for writing, if needed.

What’s included in your registration fee?

  • USB drive with copy of PPT – Grant Writing for Dummies – 6th Edition textbook – Bottled water – Morning and afternoon snacks – Entry into grand prize drawing for an HP Laptop, Touchscreen, 2-in-1 with Windows 10 Home. You must be present until the end of the workshop to qualify for the prize drawing.

Sorry, no purchase orders will be accepted. NO REFUNDS: If you pay and are unable to attend, you can designate a substitute attendee or receive a copy of the handout materials on a USB drive.

Information about the trainer: Dr. Beverly A. Browning has resided in the Valley of the Sun since 1995. She has over 43 years of highly successful grant writing experience and is the author of 42 grant writing-related books. Dr. Browning teaches three grant writing and consulting classes online for Worldwide, her consulting clients have received over $430 million in grant and contract awards. Dr. Browning is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and trainer.

Register Here