Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. presents two different full-day government grant training seminars (see below). While there are similar topics, each seminar presents unique examples, strategies, and resources that are updated based on state and federal program initiatives.

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

FIRST-TIME FEDERAL GRANT SEEKERS - Focuses on how to research, plan and develop proposals for federal discretionary grants. Community-based nonprofits can attend this seminar through Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. The last seminar was presented on September 13, 2016 to 14 participants from 10 organizations and 3 consultants.

Description: This one-day seminar will provide information about researching, planning, writing and submitting 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 exposure to grants through training or experience. Takeaways include an Information Packet with print handouts: PowerPoint notes; sample awarded government grant proposal; grant team work plan template; government grant development checklist; and resource list. After the seminar, attendees are sent an electronic packet containing templates and tools to customize for their use. 

Topics:

  • 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" 
  • Including Demographic Table, Gantt Chart and Logic Model
  • Developing and Justifying the Project Budget
  • Preparing Frequently-Requested Attachments
  • Checklists and Tips for Successful Federal Grants

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GOVERNMENT GRANTS: PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING - Focused on PA government and regional foundation grants for municipalities and citizen advisory groups, sponsored by Local Government Academy. This seminar was presented on July 18, 2016 and attended by 22 individuals from 18 municipalities and nonprofits. Included a follow-up half-day panel with PA government staff. See http://www.localgovernmentacademy.org/2016-grant-seekers-workshop

Description: The one-day seminar presents information about researching and preparing grant applications to Pennsylvania state agencies. Essential pre-RFP planning and grant proposal writing skills will be presented, along with case studies of funded proposals. 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 takeaways: Information Packet with print handouts: PowerPoint notes; sample awarded government grant proposal; grant team work plan template; government grant development checklist; and resource list. After the seminar, attendees are sent an electronic packet containing templates and tools to customize for their use. 

Topics:

  • Government Grants-Definitions and Process
  • Researching and Monitoring Grant Opportunities
  • Improving Readiness through Pre-RFP Planning, Partnering and Relationship-Building
  • Making the “Go-No Go” Decision and Developing a Team Work Plan
  • Outlining, Writing, Editing and Reviewing the Narrative
  • Writing for Maximum Points and Avoiding Reviewer "Pain Points" 
  • Incorporating Demographic Table and Project Management Gantt Chart
  • Developing and Justifying the Project Budget
  • Quick Turnaround Proposals and Early 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. Seminar learning objectives and related competencies/skills of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) will be sent upon request.

Participants in her past government grants seminars said the best parts were: "structure and layout of information…substantial relevant experience of presenter…takeaway slides and notes – love the checklists!…information was concise and clear, well-presented…appreciated the crisp, realistic review of issues...affordable and best of the local or national grant seminars.

Presenter Experience:  Katherine has provided grant research, proposal writing and consulting services for nearly 15 years, and presented grant training seminars for eight 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 35 organizations, including health and human services, libraries, youth-serving agencies, health clinics, national nonprofits, foundations, municipal entities, universities, and small business. 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 was a business partner with the Steel Valley Council of Governments and nonprofit agencies in Homestead PA that was awarded a 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 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" (GPA-Western PA Chapter). Katherine earned a Master of Education degree with a focus on Health Promotion in Organizations from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984.

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Call the Grants Hotline (412) 414-2251 to request these topics as agency in-service, webinar or conference presentation.