Grant Funding Basics: Researching Grant Opportunities



Researching Grant Opportunities
Session 1 of the Grant Funding Basics Series

Identifying grant-funding sources for your organization requires tedious research. This session will teach you where to find appropriate corporate and family foundation resources and what key details to collect whether you are using a free or subscription database. Techniques will include keyword searches in services, population, geography, and type of funding. It will also include using similar organizations to research funding more quickly. It will also discuss how to conduct research in short ongoing ways and organized your research so you can move in and out of it quickly without going down a rabbit hole.

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What you will learn:

  • How to conduct research using online databases like Grant Station or Foundation Directory Online
  • How to conduct research using foundation 990s
  • How to research when you don’t have time to research


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: 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7


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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