Federal Grants Series: Federal Grant Readiness and Program Design


The second 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: 

  • The change from Duns and Bradstreet to Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)
  • How to register for the System for Award Management and Grants.gov
  • How to register for more department-specific submission and management portals like eRA Commons, NSF FastLane, Department of Justice JustGrants, Department of Education G5 portal, the National Endowment for the Arts Applicant Portal.
  • Key components to a proposal development timeline and checklist
  • How to design and run a series of proposal design meetings
  • How to use charts like a logic model to get consensus and information about project activities quickly
  • When to hold a meeting and when to provide a checklist
  • Clear definitions of evidence-based and research-based
  • Commonly used evidence levels
  • How to describe programs not based on specific evidence-based models, but which still use research to guide its programming.


Includes the following sections:

  • Federal Grant Registration and Portals
  • Managing the Development of a Federal Grant Proposal
  • Evidence-Based Programming

View the Federal Series Sections by GPCI Competency

All of our training sessions are available as on-demand recorded trainings following the live sessions.


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

Price: $150



  • 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
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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 


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