Grant Funding Basics: Organizational Readiness



Organizational Readiness
Session 3 of the Grant Funding Basics Series

Should your organization be applying for grants? Are you grant ready? What does grant ready mean anyway? This session examines the readiness of organizations for grant revenue starting at the top with the board, then it examines the readiness of staff for grant implementation, the vision and comprehensiveness of each program, how well programs are evaluated, how prepared organizations are for program and financial reporting, and basic financial and attachment requirements.  The presentation will not only provide basic information for organizations who are new to grants, but will also provide information to growing organizations who are trying to increase their capacity to handle larger grants from national foundations or the federal government.

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What you will learn:

  • How to engage and educate your board in grant readiness.
  • How development staff can implement practices within their organization to increase grant readiness.
  • Basic information your organization should track as you increase grant readiness.
  • Building the capacity of and getting feedback/input from program staff to increase grant readiness.
  • The continuum of grant readiness tends to begin and end with financial staff.


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: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.3, 5.3


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


Grant Funding Basics Series

Grants are about so much more than just grant writing. This series of grant trainings will guide you through 1) researching opportunities, 2) building relationships with funders, 3) designing high quality programs, 4) organizational readiness, 5) writing grant proposals, and 6) managing grants. In addition, to guide your continued learning, we have a training to help you decide where you want to grow next based on the career path options available to you.

These sessions are designed to give basic knowledge to a nonprofit professional who is just starting to learn about grants or who has had no formal training in grants. This program breaks the concepts down into manageable pieces that can be learned over time.

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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