Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. has provided grant services for 17 years and has 11 years of grant training experience. She partners with organizations to offer affordable presentations for all levels of grant knowledge. Contact her for a customized presentation and project training/coaching for staff grant teams. Upcoming events are described below.

ADVANCED PROPOSAL WRITING SERIES, October 1, 8, 15, 2019 sponsored by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. Space is limited and fills quickly! Call CLP to register at (412) 622-6277. See the announcement at https://www.carnegielibrary.org/event/advanced-proposal-writing-series/.

GRANTEPRENEUR BOOK EVENT AND WORKSHOPS: Katherine is the author of this award-winning career and business book which introduces people to new opportunities in the growing grants profession. No prior knowledge or experience required. Coming up is a FREE WORKSHOP COMBO (attend one or both) at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Classroom A). Registration will open up in October through CLP at (412) 622-6277.


9:30 AM-12:30 PM - “IS THERE A GRANT FOR THAT?” (Your personal/family need, creative project, nonprofit group, business or ?) Bring your ideas and questions to learn the truth about grants and other funding strategies. Take away your one-page plan and resource list.

BOOK SIGNING & LUNCH (Bring Your Own or Buy from the Library Café)

1:00 PM-3:30 PM - GETTING STARTED IN A GRANT CAREER AND BUSINESS - Learn from Grantepreneur and Katherine’s real-life experience about the 10-Steps to Get Hired (and Rehired) and Strategies for Start-up Freelancers (Chapters 5-6). Take away your own Grant Career Action Plan and resource list.


Contact Katherine for grant training workshops and career/business coaching for individuals, groups or students. She offers in-person and virtual meetings, presentations and webinars for national organizations, university classes, chapters, book clubs, libraries, events, and others.

GRANTS CAFE - Katherine is a Co-Organizer of the free monthly professional development and networking group held the last Wednesday of each month (except August and December) with speakers and discussion on “hot grant topics” from 12:00-1:30 pm followed by the Grant Consultant’s Group from 1:30-2:30 pm at colab18 on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Formerly the GPA-Western PA Chapter, we moved to the meetup platform to offer free participation to everyone with an interest in grants across all affiliations and ability to pay. The Grants Café platform is underwritten through sponsorships by Consultant Group members including Heart Resources LLC. Join our 365+ members to receive notifications and RSVP to the next “hot grant topic” at www.meetup.com/grants-professionals-western-pa


VIRTUAL GPC STUDY GROUPS: HOW TO PLAN, FACILITATE, AND PARTICIPATE IN A LIVE NATIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE, Webinar on August 21, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Eastern) for the Grant Professionals Association, Co-presented by Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. and JulieAnna Carsen, GPC to 58 participants. GPA members may access the webinar at no cost by logging into view webinar topics under Resources. Non-GPA members can access the webinar for a modest fee at https://anyhows.com/knowledge/gpc-virtual-study-groups-how-to-plan-facilitate-and-participate/.

ALLEGHENY PARTNERS FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME (APOST) - Katherine presented a grant workshop series totaling 8 hours sponsored by the United Way of Southwestern PA. PART 1-INTRO TO GRANT PROPOSAL WRITING FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME PROGRAMS, April 5, 2019, Assisted youth programs in developing a preliminary plan, proposal, and estimated budget to seek grant funding for out-of-school time programs. PART 2-FINDING BEST FIT FUNDERS, DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS, AND REPORTING OUTCOMES, May 3, 2019, Assisted youth programs in: understanding funding strategies, research methods and free resources for finding and applying for grant funding; building relationships with staff at foundations, corporate and government agencies; and monitoring post-award programs, solving challenging program implementation issues, and writing grant reports.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine Mid-Atlantic Region at the University of Pittsburgh. Katherine consulted with the Executive Director on strategies to improve grant making processes and presented a one-day staff development workshop on Nov 29, 2018 for program officers at this regional federal program.

Entrepreneurial Skills for Grant Career and Business Success at the 20th Annual GPA Conference at the Swissotel, Chicago, IL. Katherine presented her workshop on Nov 8, 2018 and facilitated the GPA Approved Trainer Program Discussion Den on Nov 9. More than 800 people attended the conference, and about 135 grant pros attended the two sessions presented by Katherine and her co-panelist Lucy Morgan from MyFedTrainer. Learn more and join the GPA at https://www.grantprofessionals.org.

ADVANCED PROPOSAL WRITING SERIES, October 2, 9, 16, 2018, sponsored by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. Katherine presented this advanced course to 22 individuals representing 16 nonprofit organizations, schools, and university programs. The three one-day grant seminars included in-depth training and proposal coaching focused on each developing aspects of a Common Grant Application: Planning Multi-Funder Proposals, and Polishing Organizational Capacity and Need Statements; Developing an Effective Program/Project Design; and Building a Project Budget & Sustainability Plan. Participants received electronic tools for their agency. Those attending all sessions and completing a grant application earned a Certificate of Completion from Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. as an Approved Trainer by the Grant Professionals Association. Check our events for the next Advanced Proposal Writing Series in 2019.

GRANTS CAFE - June 27, 2018 from 12:00-1:30 pm, Katherine presented highlights of her recent presentations on Proposal Writing for Operating Support to 18 participants. 

BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL GRANT CONSULTING BUSINESS, June 22, 2018, 10:00 am-3:00 pm workshop presented by Katherine at Willow Grove near Philadelphia, sponsored by Southeastern PA Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association. Participants can Contact Katherine to purchase a signed copy of Grantepreneur at a 20% discount during and after the workshop. 

BASIC GRANT PROPOSAL WRITING, June 13, 2018, 9:30 am-3:30 pm at Squirrel Hill Library, sponsored by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. presented this one-day workshop for 23 individuals from 16 small to medium size nonprofit organizations, 2 start-ups, and 2 consultants who were new to grant seeking. Call the sponsor at (412) 622-6277 to be notified of the next workshop.

"How to Build Grant Skills & Earn the GPC Credential" at the GRANTS CAFE - May 30, 2018 from 12:00-1:30 pm, co-presented with Laurie Anderson, GPC and Hannah Sherer, GPC. Learn about the GPC Study Group at www.meetup.com/grants-professionals-western-pa.

LGA GRANT SEEKERS WORKSHOP, May 15, 2018, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, sponsored by Local Government Academy. Back by popular demand, this workshop assisted 20 local elected officials, public employees, nonprofits and citizen advisors with preparing grant proposals to public and private funders for municipal projects and communities. Located at CCAC West Hills Center. More info at http://localgovernmentacademy.org/2018-grant-writing-workshop/.

COMMUNICATING THE BEST CASE FOR OPERATING SUPPORT IN GRANT PROPOSALS, Presented by Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. and David Tinker, CFRE at 2018 AFP/PPGC Emerging Philanthropy Conference on April 26, 2018. 

"GRANT JOBS & GIGS" at the GRANTS CAFE - Katherine co-presented this "hot grant topic" with Brian Rhindress to 17 professionals on April 25, 2018, 12:00-1:30 pm. See this description and past sessions at www.meetup.com/grants-professionals-western-pa.

GPC VIRTUAL STUDY GROUP facilitated by Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed., Feb 9 through Apr 13, 2018, Fridays 3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern). Members of the Grant Professionals Association from across the U.S. discussed grant scenarios and competencies in preparation for the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam. Any GPA member who was eligible for (or considering) this career move was invited to attend. Contact us for info.

GRANT REPORT WRITING - April 10, 2018 at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. Geared to all levels of experience. Participants learned about and discussed: common grant reporting requirements; typical questions and information to get ready; reporting on difficult situations; and a checklist for improving grant reports. 

GRANT SEEKING FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS for the LOVE YOUR SPACE COHORT - March 14, 2018 sponsored by The Forbes Funds, facilitated by Green Building Alliance and Palo Alto Group. Katherine led a discussion and exercise, "Pre-Proposal and Letters of Inquiry for Capital Projects" with 15 organizations.