Federal Grants Series: Evaluation and Budget


Price: $150

The third session of our half-day, interactive Federal Grants series, designed to support nonprofit professionals before and during their first federal grant.

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You’ll learn: 

  • When an evaluator must be outside of the program versus outside of the organization
  • What are common evaluation services for federal grants
  • Where can quality evaluators be found
  • What factors should be considered when selecting an evaluator
  • How to align service expectations with cost realities
  • How to ensure potentially challenging issues are placed into contracts
  • The most common federal budget categories
  • How to fill out budget forms for the most commons federal departments (Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health, and the National Science Foundation.
  • The most common errors made with each type of form
  • The federal definitions of reasonable, allowable, and allocable
  • How to justify all of the federal categories using these definitions
  • How to ensure your post-award documentation continues to document these areas so expenditures are not rejected by local and federal auditors.


Includes the following sections:

  • External Evaluators
  • Standard Budget Forms
  • Federal Grant Budget Justifications
  • Federal Research Grant Budget  Justifications

View the Federal Series Sections by GPCI Competency


Not able to attend the live sessions? Join our new Federal Grants Community of grant professionals who are just like you seeking advice and someone to ask questions when the federal program officers don’t or won’t answer. AGS’ Communities are moderated by credentialed grant professionals who have been awarded millions in federal grant funding. Our grant experts can guide you and your faculty through the entire grant lifecycle, from planning to reporting.


This training aligns with the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s Competencies and Skills and is approved for 3.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Full participation in this training is also applicable for 3.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Length: 3.5 hours



  • Available as a series of four half-day live sessions/on-demand recorded training sessions

Cost: $150/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.

Session One: Federal Funding Trends, Opportunities & Relationships
January 19, 2022 | 12:00 PM-3:30 PM CT
On-demand Recording

Session Two: Federal Grant Readiness & Program Design
February 2, 2021 | 12:00 PM-3:30 PM CT
On-demand Recording

Session Three: Evaluation and Budget
February 16, 2022| 12:00 PM-3:30 PM CT 

Session Four: Federal Grant Management
March 2, 2021 | 12:00 PM-3:30 PM CT