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Training Course

Getting Started with Government Grants (2-part Webinar Series)

$80 Both Sessions or $45 Individual Sessions
Recorded Webinar
60-90 minutes

Organizations seeking to diversify their funding may see government grants as the ideal option. But where does an organization even begin with government funding? Is it the right funding option for your organization? How is applying for federal funding different than applying for foundation funding? And is your organization ready to manage a government grant if you receive one?

Learn what you need to know about government funding before you apply, and hear an expert grant reviewer’s advice on what government agencies are looking for in your proposal. 

You can purchase individual webinars or the entire series.

Part 1: Readiness, Research, and RFA Review

Where do you begin when applying for government funding for the first time? In this session, we will show you how to assess and improve your organization’s readiness to add government grants to your fundraising toolbox.

Part 2: Writing the Proposal

This session will show you what government agencies are looking for in your proposal, especially in program design and evaluation. Even if you’re a seasoned foundation fundraiser, this course will strengthen your skills in order to write competitive proposals for government grants.

Intended audience:

  • Executive Directors
  • Development Staff
  • Grants Professionals
  • Small to large organizations interested in starting a government grants program in their organization



Instructor Cheryl L. Kester:

Cheryl Kester (CRFE), is Principal of The Kester Group and co-author of Writing to Win Federal Grants: A Must-Have for Your Fundraising Toolbox and its companion workbook (forthcoming). She has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has been a grants professional since 1999.

Today, her firm specializes in winning federal grants and serving as an external evaluator. Since 1999, Cheryl has helped secure more than $96 million in funding from grants and contracts. An engaging speaker, she serves as a plenary speaker, teaches workshops on all aspects of grantseeking, and presents at conferences. She also serves as a grant reviewer for private and federal funders.

How it works:

Within one business day of your registration, you will receive an e-mail with a link to create your online account at our eLearning platform, Bridge. Bridge is mobile- and desktop-friendly and only requires a web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, or the latest version of Internet Explorer). Visit Bridge for more information on accessing courses, on navigating through a course and on technical requirements.

You will have access to the recordings for 30 days after enrollment.

Each course qualifies for 1.5 CFRE Education Credits.


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