Understanding and Competing for Federal Grants


This workshop is now being offered as a webinar. Register below. Email elizabeth@npcberkshires.org with any questions.


The U.S. government awarded over $5.0 billion in grants to qualified nonprofits to implement non-research projects in 2019. Of the 155,035 grant recipients, approximately 1.0 million more received rejection notices. Is your organization ready to compete for future federal grants opportunities? Erase the complexity and confusion often associated with federal grants. Rather than relying on corporate or foundation giving, it may be time to seek out potential federal grants.


The intended goals of this workshop are as follows:


  • Demystify the process of seeking federal grants for single awards of $50,000 to multi-year requests of $1.0 million or more
  • Learn to carefully review federal opportunity announcements (FOAs)/request for proposals (RFP) to understand what the government wants to fund
  • Plan ahead for future publication of available federal grants through online resources
  • Understand the process of preparing an average 40-page, single-spaced proposal narrative in less than 15 business days
  • Learn how peer reviewers score your proposal


This workshop provides learning opportunities for intermediate to advanced (10+ years) grant seekers. The ideal participants will be those with two or more years of experience preparing grant proposals. They will have an understanding how to develop a strong needs statement, goals and outcomes, evaluation strategies, and the budget and justification for the project/program they propose.




For nearly 30 years, Diane Gedeon-Martin, President of The Write Source, has focused on grants, grant seeking, and fund development for nonprofit organizations. She launched The Write Source in 1993 that today boasts a roster of over 280 clients in 26 states and Washington, DC. With her assistance, her clients received grants ranging from $5,000 to upwards of $5.0 million for new and current programs, special projects, research, and even capital campaigns from all types of foundations, corporations, and the different levels of government. In fact, she specializes in preparing government grant proposals.