Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. has developed and presented two government grant training seminars (see below). While there are similar topics, each seminar has a different emphasis. Content is regularly updated based on local, state and federal initiatives.

Please note: Registration is taken by each sponsoring agency. Call or email Katherine with questions about seminar content at (412) 414-2251. Sign up for notifications with the sponsors or request information about bringing the seminars to your organization at our Contact Page.

 GRANT SEEKERS WORKSHOP FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACADEMY - Focuses on the funding interests of local municipal staff, elected officials, and citizens serving on advisory groups, and collaborating nonprofit organizations. Seminars have been in 2016 and 2018. Go to our Event page for updates on upcoming seminars.

Description: The one-day seminar presents information and exercises to build skills for preparing grant applications and project budgets, and researching "best fit" public and private funders. Essential pre-RFP planning and grant team process will assist organizational readiness. Attendees will learn about the common elements found in grant proposals by examining both foundation and federal guidelines. We will discuss a case study of a federal grant project involving collaboration between a Council of Governments, community nonprofits, and a business. Other issues addressed: submission preparation time and cost, and assessing "fit" and readiness for RFPs aligned with the organization's strategic and business plans. The content is suitable for all levels of experience. Participants will takeaway PowerPoint notes, sample awarded federal grant proposal, pre-proposal worksheet, grant team work plan template; common grant application outline and budget, resource development worksheet, government grant development checklist; and resource list of links to funder research sites and further grant study. Following the seminar, attendees will receive electronic versions of the worksheets and templates to customize for their use. 


  • Grant Definitions and Process

  • Identifying Community Needs and Building a Strong Case for Support

  • Improving Readiness with Pre-Proposal Planning, Partnering and Relationships

  • Developing a Grant Team and Work Plan

  • Researching and Monitoring Grant Opportunities (Live Demo/Working Lunch)

  • Making “Go-No Go” Decisions

  • Writing Narrative for Maximum Points and Avoiding Reviewer "Pain Points"

  • Incorporating Demographic Tables/Maps and Project Management Gantt Chart

  • Developing a Project Budget with Diverse Funding Sources

  • Tips for Quick Turnaround Proposals and Online Submissions

Katherine's seminar learning objectives have been reviewed by the GPA National Training Committee in conjunction with her designation as a GPA Approved Trainer. 

Participants in her past government grants seminars said the best parts were: "structure and layout of information…takeaway slides and notes – love the checklists!…information was concise and clear, well-presented…appreciated the crisp, realistic review of issues...substantial relevant experience of presenter with our regional organizations made this seminar best and most affordable of the available online and in-person grant seminars.


FIRST-TIME FEDERAL GRANT SEEKERS - Focuses on how to research, plan and develop program applications for federal discretionary grants especially for community-based nonprofit organizations. This seminar is presented by Katherine in cooperation with various organizations including the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center and Pittsburgh Mercy Health System. The topics have also been presented to internal agency grant teams followed by proposal coaching/editing for quick turnaround federal applications.

Description: This one-day seminar provides information about the federal grant cycle and how to research, plan, write and submit program grant applications to federal government agencies.  The seminar will introduce executives, project managers, development staff and grant proposal writers to the overall process and procedures for successful competitive applications. Participants should have prior experience with grants through training or experience. Takeaways include an Information Packet with print handouts: PowerPoint notes; sample awarded grant proposal; grant team work plan template; federal grant development checklist; and resource list. After the seminar, attendees are sent an electronic packet containing templates and tools to customize for use by their organization. 


  • Overview of Federal Grants Application and Review Process

  • Researching, Forecasting and Monitoring Federal Grant Opportunities

  • Pre-RFP Phase: Planning, Partnering and Positioning

  • Updating Organizational Capacity Information and Data

  • Making the “Go-No Go” Decision, Developing a Grant Team and Proposal Work Plan

  • Federal Guidelines for Plain Language and Budget

  • Outlining, Writing, Editing and Reviewing the Narrative

  • Writing for Maximum Points and Avoiding Reviewer "Pain Points"

  • Incorporating Demographic Table, Gantt Chart and/or Logic Model

  • Developing and Justifying the Project Budget

  • Preparing Frequently-Requested Attachments

  • Checklists for Successful Federal Grant Development and Submission


Presenter Experience:  Katherine has provided grant research, proposal writing and consulting services for 17 years, and presented grant training seminars for 11 years. Previously, she was a technical writer for a psychology consulting firm, and a nonprofit program manager and trainer for 15 years. Katherine has prepared winning grant applications to foundations and corporate giving programs, United Way, and local, state and federal agencies. She has worked with over 50 organizations, including health and human services, libraries, youth-serving agencies, health clinics and systems, national nonprofits, foundations, municipal entities, and universities. In 2012, her company was selected through competitive bid to provide Grant and Revenue Consulting Services to the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon.  Heart Resources, LLC partnered with the Steel Valley Council of Governments and nonprofit agencies in Homestead PA on an awarded Healthy People 2020 Community Innovations Project Grant from the federal Office of Disease Prevention/ Health Promotion. Katherine is a federal grant reviewer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and served a one-year paid 2012-13 SAMHSA Voice Awards Fellowship. She has been an invited speaker at: "Preparing and Positioning for Federal Grants" (VisionServe Alliance, see Endorsements); "Surviving the Recession with Stimulus Funding" (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center); and "Forecast for Federal Grants" Panels (GPA-Western PA Chapter). Katherine earned a Master of Education degree focused on Health Promotion in Organizations from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984.

Call the Grants Hotline (412) 414-2251 or send a request on our Contact page for an agency in-service, webinar, or conference presentation.