Federal Grants: Relationships with Program Officers and Legislators


Federal Grants: Relationships with Program Officers and Legislators
Session 3 of the Federal Grants Series

Many development professionals are uncomfortable with federal grants because they don’t feel there are relationships to cultivate like there are with foundation grants. While each federal department is different, there are relationships that all nonprofits can cultivate to increase their success with federal grants. This session will teach you about these relationships, including how to communicate with legislators without lobbying, how to talk with federal program officers before and after a grant award, and which federal agencies and types of grants are the most open to conversations about your program before you write the proposal.

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What You’ll Learn: 

  • How and when to talk with federal legislators and their staff
  • Which federal agencies want to hear about your project before you write it
  • How to talk with program officers about your project
  • How to talk with your program officer after your award


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: 8.1, 8.3, 8.4

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

Federal Grants Training Series

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.

If you would like to arrange a custom scheduled training for your organization, please email us to speak to one of our Training staff. If you would like information about all our upcoming trainings, please subscribe to our monthly Training Newsletter!

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