Federal Grants: Becoming a Federal Grant Reviewer


Federal Grants: Becoming a Federal Grant Reviewer
Session 13 of the Federal Grants Series

Did you know that most competitive federal grant opportunities are reviewed by a team of peer reviewers? Federal agencies are looking for specific, documented experience in areas related to current grant opportunities. Going through something as simple as the orientation process makes you more aware of what information reviewers are and are not given before starting to review applications. This peer-review process is a core component of the federal grants process. These federal agencies are always seeking to increase the size and diversity of their reviewer pool so applications benefit from different perspectives. This process is often very intense for a two-week period of time, but several of the agencies compensate peer reviewers for their time and effort.

This session will provide information on the most commonly requested information from federal agencies, their expectations for reviewers, and the benefits of serving as a reviewer.

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What you will learn:

  • How to become a federal grant reviewer
  • The benefits of being a federal grant reviewer
  • What federal agencies are looking for in a grant reviewer

The trainers for these sessions are all credentialed grant professionals (GPCs) who agree to adhere to the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Code of Ethics and are GPA Approved Trainers. All of the trainings in this series align with the Grant Professionals Certification Institute’s competencies and skills

GPCI Competencies and Skills:1.1, 1.4, 7.1



This training aligns with the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s Competencies and Skills and is approved for 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Full participation in this training is also applicable for 1.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Length: 60 minutes

Price: $50



  • Available as one-hour live and on-demand training sessions or bundled as a full series

Cost: $50/session or $600 for the full series

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Most people consider federal grant training to be a more advanced form of grant writing and management. We at Assel Grant Services do a lot of work with federal grants and we believe that federal grants share a lot of characteristics with significant federal grants. That said, there are a lot of nuances unique to federal grants to learn. This professional development series is designed to help nonprofit professionals who have never written a federal grant be as prepared to step through the federal grant pre-award and post-award process for the first time with confidence.

These sessions are designed to support nonprofit professionals before and during their first federal grant. If you don’t tune in before your first opportunity comes out, this series can be managed during a typical six to eight-week federal grant funding cycle.

Session 1: Pursuing Federal Grants
January 26, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 2: Federal Find and Fit
February 3, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 3: Relationships with Program Officers and Legislators
February 10, 2021| 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 4: Federal Grant Registrations and Portals
March 9, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 5: Managing the Development of a Federal Grant Proposal
April 7, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 6: Evidence-Based Programming
May 5, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 7: External Evaluators: When is it Required and What to do When it is Required
June 9, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 8: Standard Federal Budget Forms
July 7, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 9: Federal Budget Justifications: Reasonable, Allowable, Allocable
July 28, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 10: Federal Research Grant Budget Justifications
August 4, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 11: Federal Grant Management: Financial Requirements
September 8, 2021| 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 12: Federal Grant Management: Non-Financial Requirements
October 6, 2021| 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT 

Session 13: Becoming a Federal Grant Reviewer
December 8, 2021| 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT


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