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Do you care about a special cause and want to be involved in improving your community? Are you looking for a meaningful second career with flexibility and financial potential? Whether you are a new graduate or seasoned professional, the grant profession is a growing career and business opportunity that will enable you to play a vital role. Funder research, proposal writing,  and grant management skills are in demand at nonprofit organizations, government agencies, universities, hospitals, and municipalities involved in applying for grants. Channel your passion into helping others–consider becoming a grant professional for your cause and community!


Cynthia M. Adams, CEO, GrantStation.com, Inc., Member Women in Philanthropy: “Grantepreneur s a unique book that I will reference for many years to come. When individuals ask me about getting involved in the world of philanthropy, this is undoubtedly the number one resource I will recommend. Well written. Easy to follow. And so very, very practical.”  (GrantStation recommends Grantepreneur among their featured books:  https://grantstation.com/public-resources/recommended-books)

Dr. Beverly A. Browning, CSPFAuthor of Grant Writing for Dummies and Perfect Phrases for Writing Grant Proposals, Online Instructor, Workshop Presenter, Coach & Motivational Speaker: “Grantepreneur is a new and refreshingly encouraging book, a must buy for anyone who has dreamed of getting started in a grant career and business! The author, a highly regarded colleague and leader in the grants industry, has written a book that drills down to Basic Grants 101 information, incorporating how we can discover our cause and provide grant services in our communities. There are so many relevant pointers and resources, that I wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone considering becoming a grant consultant, and for educators teaching others about grants and how to make your way in the industry ... Grantepreneur will be a recommended reference for my online students because it fully answers all of the questions that I'm asked on a daily basis. Bravo and gratitude to Katherine for writing this book and guiding the way!”         

Barbara Floersch, Executive Director, The Grantsmanship Center, Author of Grantsmanship: Program Planning and Proposal Writing: "Grantepreneur is a clear, supportive guide for those considering a career in grant proposal development. Katherine Heart defines the work of grants professional then leads you through a series of self-assessment and planning steps to help you achieve both personal satisfaction and career success."     

Michael Wells, GPC, CFRE, Author of Strategic GrantseekingUnderstanding Nonprofit Finances and Successful Program Evaluation; Past Board Member of Grant Professionals Association and Grant Professionals Certification Institute: "Grantepreneur(TM) is a combination of business planning guide, life decision tool and workbook that leads you through the process of deciding about grant writing as a career. It's thoughtful and action oriented, asking philosophical, practical and financial questions and helping you answer them for your individual situation. I'll definitely recommend this book to people who come to me for career advice."    

Danny W. Blitch, MPA, GPC, Organizing Editor and Co-Author of Prepare for the GPC Exam: Earn Your Grant Professional Certified Credential:  "I was immediately drawn to this book, not only because of the cool title, but as a result of my love for the grant profession and the business of grants. The draw did not disappoint! The author effortlessly communicates well in both the acronym filled grant-speak world and in the language of business! The book is a practical guide giving readers tangible tools, career instruction, and a business road map success."     

Rosemary Hanrahan, M.D., M.P.H., Author of When Dreams Touch and Nonprofit Coach, Consultant, Grant Writer and Storyteller at http://www.beyondwordswellnessresources.comIn Grantepreneur(TM), Katherine F.H. Heart offers a wealth of valuable information, comprehensive resources and unique insights into the World of Grants. As an expert in grant consulting and proposal writing, Heart offers a realistic and encouraging overview of what it takes to channel passion and talent into a career that promotes critical social causes. Grantepreneur(TM) is a must read for anyone considering a new grant career or business as well as seasoned grant professionals who desire to advance to higher levels of success."     

Gayle L. Nelson, Esq., Contributor to NPQ Newswire, Author of Your Fellow Board Member Blog and a Commissioner of the Illinois State Commission for the Elimination of Poverty:  "As a Development Consultant and Capacity Building Coach, volunteers often ask for my advice on how to identify potential funders and write a grant proposal. I look forward to recommending this book to them and am hopeful it will lead to more efficient use of resources and additional funding for essential causes in Illinois and across the country."     

 Melissa U. Draut, Grant Consultant, http://www.melissadraut.comTook a break the other day and read your book. Just what I need when mentoring new folks who call and ask how to get started. They need to read your book before we meet for coffee! I really like how you present some self-reflection and a wellness assessment so folks know if they are in the right place at the right time. Spot on! On the same token, you’ve given me (a seasoned, not “old”) grant writer a way to think about my next chapter with grants. I have 10 years of wonderful experiences with people, groups and results.  Your book reminded me of all the reasons why I love grant consulting - besides the rush of bringing in the money for my groups. Your story inspired me - especially with the variety of work you do. 


"When I stepped into a fellowship position in a public school district, I had no experience in writing grant proposals. 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 teaching staff. Many teachers and non-grant writers can be intimidated by grants.  Katherine breaks down the steps of proposal writing in a clear and understandable way. Participating in grant training helped lower the barrier for the district to apply for grants. In a few months of working with teachers on their grant requests, we raised over $50,000!  Katherine served as a mentor and proposal coach for my work with a larger project to install a new synthetic turf field at Sto-Rox Jr./Sr. High School, which has received a $250,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Steelers through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program. Her book, Grantepreneur helped me with a salary negotiation for my current position. and getting started as a professional grant writer. This book offers an exciting take on how to get started in a career and business that pays while helping organizations in need of assistance. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for direction and inspiration in their transition to this profession."  Brian Rhindress, Site Coordinator, Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (Sto-Rox School District)

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Grant Career Action Plan eTools

Grantepreneur is a workbook! The many exercises will help you to answer personal and professional questions, assess your lifestyle and skills for this career, organize your networking plan, build a resume and portfolio, ask the right questions at interviews, give you "insider strategies" on start-up freelancing, and more. The eTools for Chapter 5: Grant Career Action Plan are listed below.

Step 1: Brush-Up Your Writing Skills* - Sample Employment Letters

Step 2: Assess Your Lifestyle*

Step 3: Organize a Home Office for Grants*

Step 4: Build a Network in Your Community*

Step 5: Learn about Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing* - Grant Training Topics

Step 6: Find a Mentor and Write a Grant Proposal* - Sample Mentoring Agreement

Step 7: Join a Group for Grant Professionals* - Starting a Grants Group

Step 8: Develop a Resume and Portfolio for Grants* - Sample Functional Resume for Grants

Step 9: Cultivate Grant Jobs* 

Step 10: Sell Your Grant Skills at Interviews to Get Hired* - Red Flags in Entry-Level Interviews

*Use the Contact Form to copy/paste your requested eTool(s) from the list above, ask questions, and receive notification when additional topics, tips and tools are available.

Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. is a GPA Approved Trainer with ten years of grant training experience. Request a presentation on "getting started in a grant career and business" for your school, university course, library, book club, conference, webinar, event, or organization.  

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