Understanding & Competing For Federal Grants


November 17 (10am-1pm), Berkshire Innovation Center, 145 Woodlawn Ave, Pittsfield



More than $5.8 trillion in federal grants were awarded in 2021. While this amount nearly doubled since 2020, the bulk of the funds went to programs that help communities and the people that live in them including health and human services, education, economic development, housing, and veterans.


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 objectives of this session include the following:


  • Learn to carefully review federal notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) announcements/guidance or request for proposals (RFPs)
  • Understanding what the government wants to fund and how to read between the lines
  • Understand the process of preparing lengthy, single-spaced proposal narratives in less than 15 business days
  • Learn how peer reviewers score your proposal


Diane Gedeon-Martin, President of The Write Source, is a national grant consultant and popular instructor in the area of grant seeking for nonprofit organizations. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, she spent 15 years in corporate marketing with Fortune 500 companies. Diane started The Write Source in 1993 and today her firm boasts a roster of nearly 300 clients in 27 states and Washington, DC.


Clients of The Write Source include medium to large nonprofits throughout the U.S. including national and regional human service organizations, higher education, hospitals and healthcare systems, as well as prominent performing arts groups, museums, and cultural centers. Her clients achieve their goals through grant proposals she prepares to foundations, corporations, and government agencies ranging from $5,000 to upwards of $5.0 million. In fact, she specializes in government grants. Visit her website at www.write-source.com for more information.


Diane is an Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Certified Master Trainer conducting workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. For 14 years, she was an adjunct faculty member of The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she not only taught Preparing Successful Grant Proposals but also co-authored the curriculum for the course.