Partnerships: Practicalities of Partnerships


Practicalities of Partnerships
Session 2 of the Partnerships Series
$50 | 60 minutes

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There are a number of complex or challenging factors that come into play when developing a proposal with multiple partners who have agreed to be at the same table. This primarily includes the logistics of meetings and communication, assigning roles and responsibilities, and gathering content and sometimes sensitive data from partners. Additional considerations include guiding them through the types of decisions the partners will need to make around data-sharing, budget development, and project oversight. It is critical for a grant professional to understand how to navigate such factors in order to deliver an accurate, timely proposal upon which all parties agree.

This course builds upon our Federal Grants: Federal Find and Fit, and Managing Grant Meetings courses to address the practicalities of collaborative proposal development. Participants will increase their knowledge of:

      • Identifying eligibility, roles, and responsibilities among lead applicants and partners;
      • Planning and structuring proposal development meetings; and
      • Communication strategies for working with multiple partners to gather necessary content and decisions.

Participants will also receive an introduction to critical proposal development discussion points, including:

      • Central data collection and data-sharing;
      • Subaward budgets and matching funds; and
      • Project monitoring and oversight.

GPCI Competencies and Skills:
3.1, 3.2, 3.7
CFRE Domains and Tasks: 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5
General Knowledge: Roles and Responsibilities, Risk Assessment
Pre-Award: Application Requirements, Application Evaluation
Award: Vendor and Sub-recipient Distinctions, Subrecipient Monitoring
Post-Award: Procurement, Financial Management

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.



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.

Partnerships Series

Trends in both private and public funding continue to emphasize partnerships. For young grant professionals, understanding the practicalities of including partners in the grant development and grant proposal is an important step toward producing a clear and compelling project. As grant professionals advance in their career, they understand the unique role they play in facilitating impact beyond their organization through partnerships.

This series has been developed by credentialed grant professionals who regularly guide successful partnerships with and between young grassroots organizations and long-established nonprofits. No matter where you work or where you are in your career, this series has been created for you as you work every day to make the world a better place.

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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