Grant Resources

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Grants Professional Assocation's Competencies & Skills - A Self Assessment 

Below is a self-assessment of the Grants Professional Association's competencies and skills. Right click the icon below to open the form in pdf format. 

Competencies and Skills Self Assessment


    Proposal Writing Assistance

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General Grant Related Resources

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RSS, Email and List Serv

Pinellas County Contact:
Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County
Joyce Sparrow, M.S.L.S.
14155 58th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33760
Email Address; (727) 453-5671 by appointment only

Hillsborough County Contact:
John F. Germany Public Library
Melissa Clark, Librarian
900 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa FL 33602
Email Address; (813) 204-2653

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Data Sources for Preparing your Grant

  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • Tampa Area Economic Summary
    (Click Here)
  • Pinellas County
  • Pinellas County Schools
  • How to find a grant writer?
  • Professional Development
     SPC Corporate Training – Classroom and Online

    Sources to Prepare for GPC Exam

  • "Test Tips" to prepare for the Grant Professionals Certification Exam provided by our own members that formed a study group in 2010.  Click here for 1-4       Click here for 5-9



    GPA’s Professional Growth & Development Committee’s

    Recommended Reading Resource List


    The Only Grant Writing Book You’ll Ever Need Ellen Karsh & Arlen Sue Fox
    An approachable book filled with case studies and examples that will be beneficial for grant writers from organizations of all shapes and sizes. The authors have very practical advice based on years of experience. There is also ample material from the funders’ perspective, including an illuminating ‘roundtable.’ – Kat Champigny


    Grant Writing for Dummies

    Dr. Bev Browning
    I recommend this book because it provides relevant information in an easy to digest format.  It has made me a better grant manager because I have a deeper appreciation of how successful grants are constructed and budgeted.  – Lucy Morgan CPA, MBA, GPA Approved Trainer


    The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Winning Foundation Grants

    Martin Teitel
    Mr. Teitel brings more than 40 years of experience as a funder and board member to this easy to read guide. His insider’s advice includes helpful strategies, practical tips, and ptifalls to avoid – sprinkled with humorous and cringe-worthy personal stories.  This book is a great resource for novice to advanced grant seekers.  – Susan Stratta, GPC


    The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals forthe Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist

    Gigi Rosenberg
    Written by an artist for artists, this book engagingly walks the reader through the standard grant research and writing process, but also covers artist-specific topics such as standing out from the crowd, showcasing your work, crafting an artist statement and bio, and overcoming psychological road- blocks.  A must-read for artists and arts organizations new to grants. – Jeanne Donado, GPC


    Writing to Win Federal Grants and the companion Workbook 

    Cheryl Kester and Karen Cassidy
    In this easy-to-read two-book set, the authors provide a wealth of information and templates that are very useful for the grant professional.  – Kathy Brunot, GPC



    Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals (6th ed.) 

    Susan Howlett & Renee Bourque, M.Ed., GPC

    The authors have presented a broad set of tools and tips for use throughout the grant writing process. Practical charts, tables, checklists, and examples are helpful in understanding the hows and whys of crafting each proposal section, and quotes from a variety of funders provide important perspective.  – Sue Jetter, GPC


    Winning Grants Step by Step(4th ed).

    Tori O-Neal-McElrath

    If you can only purchase one book on developing fundable proposals, I recommend Winning Grants Step by Step. As a bonus, sample proposals come with the book. – Cheryl Kester, CFRE


    The Foundation Center’s Guide to Winning Proposals II

    The Foundation Center (2005)

    Judith Margolin, ed

    I learn by having models to follow. My old print copies of the Foundation Center’s Guide to Winning Proposals, Volumes I and II are dog-eared and covered with post-it notes sticking out of the margins. These books are mostly just copy after copy of successful proposals, from all types of applicants and for all types of projects—from capital to general operating.  – Cheryl Kester, CFRE


    Why We Buy

    Paco Underhill
     I read this in my consumer behavior class in business school fifteen years ago. And yes, before I knew I would become a grants professional. Don’t be put off by the subtitle (The Science of Shopping). Underhill’s guidance on how we behave translates to many arenas, including grants. If we want to make sure our services are purchased, we want tokeep it simple. You also might save some money at the grocery store. – Erica Preston


    Recommended on GrantZone

    The following books were mentioned in a “Looking for book recommendations” Grant Zone discussion started on June 16, 2017.



    Writing for a Good Cause: The Complete Guide to Crafting Proposals and Other Persuasive Pieces for Nonprofits

    Joseph Barbato and Danielle S. Furlich

    Filled with tips and survival skills from writers and fund-raising officers at nonprofits of all sizes, is book clearly explains how to use words well to win your cause the money it needs. –Mentioned by Tamara Fox


    Grant Writing: A Simple, Clear, and Concise Guide

    Caroline Savage

    Are you planning to write a grant? Do you wish you had a mentor to take you through the process? This book gets to the heart of grant writing and is focused on you – the individual grant writer. –Mentioned by Caroline Savage


    Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals

    Susan Howlett

    This is very approachable paperback that we use in our class at Portland Community College.  I'd recommend it to anyone.   –Mentioned by Arthur Davis

    Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

    Chip Heath and Dan Heath

    I’ve used this book to help students with messaging. It is not grant-specific, but focuses on how to say things in a way that people understand and remember. It is an easy and entertaining read, but secondary to understanding the grant writing process and components of a proposal.

    --Mentioned by Trace Hoekstra

    Websters New World Grant Writing Handbook

    Sara Deming Wason

    This book walks readers through every step of the grant writing process. With clear, concise explanations, thorough coverage, illustrative examples, and expert advice, this helpful, complete resource gives grant writers all the information and guidance they need to succeed.

    --Mentioned by Kat Champigny


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