Katherine Heart earned Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education and has given well over 700 presentations during her 35+ year career. She served as a training manager at nonprofit agencies for seven years, and completed train-the-trainer programs with the Department of Justice and Fred Pryor Seminars. She completed the Grantsmanship Center's 5-Day Grant Training Program in 2000, and advanced grant seminars with the Foundation Center of New York and Dr. Beverly Browning at ed2go. In 2013, Katherine was selected for advanced communications training with the national award-winning Washington D.C.-based PR agency, Vanguard Communications as part of a federal fellowship and then provided motivational presentations to hundreds of individuals in a year-long public health campaign.  

Since 2008, Katherine has provided half-day and full-day grant seminars at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center (a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center of New York). She has presented a half-day grant course for technology programs and infrastructure at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. She provided the Local Government Academy with a one-day Government Grant Seeking Workshop focused on public/private funding needs of municipalities. 

“Thank you for presenting Proposal Writing for Operating Support at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. Thank you for sharing the worksheets that will be helpful in writing proposals. I’m so glad to have attended and hope I am fortunate to participate in your future seminars.”  Mike Kelly, Anchor Program, Wheeling, West Virginia

"When I stepped into a fellowship position in a public school district, I had no experience in writing grants. Fortunately, I attended one of Katherine’s grant workshops, where I picked up the nuts and bolts of the trade. She gave me feedback as I crafted a plan and resources for the school district, and then assisted our efforts by presenting an in-service for the entire teaching staff. Many teachers and non-grant writers can be intimidated by grants. In her presentations, Katherine breaks down the steps of proposal writing in a clear and understandable way. Participating in grant training helped to significantly lower the barrier for the district to apply for grants. In working with teachers on their grant requests, we raised over $50,000!"  Brian Rhindress, Site Coordinator, Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (Sto-Rox School District)

Katherine developed a full grants curriculum for the Community College of Allegheny County. Her seminars (below) were reviewed by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) National Training Committee, and in 2014, Katherine was the first grant professional recognized as a GPA Approved Trainer. She presents beginner to advanced topics that assist participants in building practical grant research and proposal writing skills for obtaining funding in a competitive environment. Her presentations are delivered in plain language with "can-do" enthusiasm, regularly updated and responsive to regional and national trends, accessible, and reasonably priced.  Each seminar includes PowerPoint notes, hands-on practical exercises for proposal development, in-class proposal feedback, and resources for further study. Participants leave with a pre-proposal worksheet, Letter of Inquiry to build on, and can request electronic tools along with follow-up assistance (through the Grants Hotline 412-414-2251).

The following seminars are offered on a rotating basis in the Greater Pittsburgh Area (PA) and elsewhere when feasible. Click on the links below to view each seminar description and topics.

Topics can also be customized for agencies, associations, conferences, and webinars. Request a presentation by calling the Grants Hotline at (412) 414-2251, or send a message describing the training need on our contact page

Katherine's instructional design experience includes developing and delivering grant team training and proposal coaching for a large health system. Heart Resources, LLC sponsors a Grant Train-the-Trainer Program for credentialed grant professionals who want to get started as a grant trainer. Katherine provides a one-on-one orientation/training via Skype that enables the individual to present her Basic Grant Proposal Writing seminar, and a license to use the well-developed PowerPoint presentation, exercise and handouts. 

Katherine has provided grant presentations or training/coaching for these organizations:

American Therapeutic Recreation Association

Association of Fundraising Professionals-Western PA Chapter

Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center

Carnegie Mellon University

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh 

Community College of Allegheny County

Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery

Coro Center for Civic Leadership

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Beaver PA, Toledo OH, Fargo ND)

Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference

Grant Professionals Association-Western PA Chapter

Grants Cafe: www.meetup.com/grants-professionals-of-western-pa

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank - Huddle 4 Hunger Conference

Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Monroeville

Local Government Academy

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Steel Rivers Council of Governments

Sto-Rox School District

Student Conservation Association

University of Pittsburgh-Global Studies

University of Pittsburgh-Graduate School of Social Work 

VisionServe Alliance

Volunteers of America in Pennsylvania-Working Order Program