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Custom Professional Development Training

Improve Grantwriting in the Context of Today’s Funding Landscape

Our highly relevant grant training programs are designed for nonprofit leaders and support staff to help increase understanding of today’s funding landscape. We offer custom online and on-site training sessions that equip professionals with the tools they need to win more grants and achieve outcomes that support their organization’s mission.


Each presenter is Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and brings first-hand real-world experience to their members. They are Grant Professionals Association Approved Trainers and each has areas of expertise that they’ve shared with nonprofits that are members of organizations like theirs.


We Practice What We Present, Every Day
Our presenters have an established history of delivering quality training presentations on the local, regional, and national conference levels. Whether you are just getting started in the nonprofit world, an experienced grant professional, or anything in between, our trainings bring the expertise that comes from writing more than $340 million in awarded proposals since 2007 for you and their organizations.


Meet the Presenters

Julie Assel, CGMS, GPC


Julie’s Speaking Topics Include:

  • Federal Grants
  • Program Design
  • Proposal and Budget Creation
  • Grant Management


Julie is the President/CEO and Senior Writer for Assel Grant Services. She founded the company in 2007 and has over fifteen years of experience in grant writing, research, and management. She has written and reviewed numerous federal, foundation, corporation, and local grants focused on education, healthcare, STEM, mental health, substance abuse, homeless outreach, human services, and small business. Julie has successfully secured over $145 million in grant funding since 2003 and is a Grant Professional Association Approved Trainer.

Julie Alsup, GPC
Vice President of Operations


Julie’s Speaking Topics Include:

  • Researching Grant Opportunities
  • Organizational Development
  • Funder Relations
  • Professional Development


Julie is Assel Grant Services’ Director and oversees all operations within the nonprofit division of the firm. Prior to joining Assel Grant Services, Julie served as the Grants Director for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City from 2011-2016, raising over $10 million for programs and operations during her tenure and building strong relationships with local funders. Over the course of her career, she has successfully secured more than $20 million in grant funding.

Tracey Diefenbach, GPC
Assistant Director


Tracey’s Speaking Topics Include:

  • Program Design
  • Professional Development
  • Researching Grant Opportunities
  • Funder Relations


Tracey is the Assistant Director for Assel Grant Services. Prior to joining the team, she was the Director of Grants for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri for over eight years, helping to secure over $15 million in government, foundation and corporate funding. Tracey has over 14 years of experience in research and writing grants focused in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Region and a strong background in youth services, including mentoring, positive youth development, and homeless youth services.

Whitney Gray, MA, GPC
Grants  Specialist


Whitney’s Speaking Topics Include:

  • Higher Education Program Design
  • Professional Development
  • Researching Grant Opportunities
  • Funder Relations


Whitney Gray, GPC, is a Grants Specialist with Assel Grant Services. Whitney joined Assel Grant Services in 2016. Whitney has over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including professional presentation expertise, as well as a successful grant writing history for MidAmerica Nazarene University, where she worked closely with faculty to develop a culture of collaborative grantsmanship. She has written and reviewed numerous foundation, corporation, and local grants. Whitney has successfully secured over $12 million in grant funding over the past five years

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Help your members tap into a wealth of knowledge to help them find, secure and manage all types of grants in areas as diverse as education, healthcare, human services and arts.