Competing for Federal Grants




Position Your Organization 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 plan ahead to meet these challenges — let us show you how.

During this training, you learn to:

  • Find federal funding opportunities that match the mission and priorities of your organization
  • 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 and write key proposal sections
  • Review concept papers drafted by your peers and have your own work reviewed by others
  • Get a head start on future competitions — before the funding guidelines are 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, Grant Writer
Hazard Community & Technical College
Hazard, KY


You Get Expert Guidance

Every one of our trainers is an active and prolific grant 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 — and they’re here to help you.

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.

Why This Learning Lasts

Competing for Federal Grants uses the Listen & Discuss, Do & Review® curriculum — the most effective approach for adult learners. Our training uses hands-on exercises so that you retain what you learn.

Draft critical parts of a federal proposal. Then assess the work done in class to learn how funders review proposals. You leave with copies of the work produced in class, a network of colleagues to contact, and 12 months of follow-up support from the Center via our Membership Program.

As a graduate of Competing for Federal Grants, you receive our Full Alumni Membership for 12 months. This helps you:

  • Strengthen a proposal by having it reviewed by one of our trainers
  • Find funders through GrantDomain, our database of foundation, corporate, and federal grantmakers
  • Build your proposal development team by sending a colleague from your organization to attend the Grantsmanship Training Program at half price!
  • Upgrade your own skills with tuition discounts on other training programs, publications, and consulting services
  • Find the answers you need. Ask The Center!


Tuition for the 5-day Competing for Federal Grants is $1,195. Save $100 with early bird discount when you pay at least six weeks before the start date. If you miss the early bird discount you can receive a $50 tuition discount for additional registrants from the same organization. Please note: only one discount per person; select the best discount! 

Choose the training venue that's right for you and register online or call The Grantsmanship Center’s Registrar at (800) 421-9512 or (213) 482-9860.


  • We email confirmation with directions and parking info after receipt of your payment
  • The training begins each day at 8:30 am and ends by 5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Wednesday you may choose to stay later when teams work on projects. On Friday, the class ends by 1:00 pm.



Train your staff at no cost and help nonprofits in your community build capacity by hosting this training.

Learn more: or, call (800) 421-9512 or (213) 482-9860, or visit the Partner With Us page.