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Competing for Federal Grants

Posted By Ashley Motsinger, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, Inc., Monday, February 16, 2015

Competing for Federal Grants

Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 2- Mar 6, 2015

Training Hours

Class begins at 8:30 AM each day and ends by 5:30 PM, except Fridays when class ends at 1 PM. On Wednesdays, groups have the option to work until 7 PM.



Host Organization:
Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

Training Site:
Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area
Conference Room
3772 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Local Host Contact:

Barbara Auten
(225) 334-7494 x201 Host

Kristi Mellion Host
(225) 334-7494 x203

Registration Questions:
Program Registrar
The Grantsmanship Center
(800) 421-9512
(213) 482-9860

Get ready to win federal grants!

Despite budget cuts, the federal government continues to award billions of dollars in grants each year. Competition for federal dollars was always tough, and now it’s even tougher. To succeed with federal grants, you need to meet the stepped-up challenges and you need to plan ahead—as much as a year before a grant competition is opened.

Get a running start for success. Learn how to position your organization to secure federal awards!


Take advantage of an expert guide 

Competing for Federal Grants takes you through the federal grants process step by step—from finding funding opportunities and understanding application guidelines to developing and writing winning proposals. This training helps you build an effective, proactive approach to federal funding and to avoid common mistakes.

During the training, you:

  • Use recent grant application guidelines and real funded proposals to examine what works, what doesn’t, and why
  • Develop a work-plan for proposal development
  • Write key proposal sections
  • Review proposals drafted by your peers
  • Have your own work reviewed by others

You do all of this with expert guidance. Every one of The Grantsmanship Center’s Competing for Federal Grants trainers is an active and prolific proposal writer who has won millions of dollars in some of the toughest federal competitions. They know what’s happening in the field right now.

"Thanks for this excellent training! Two months later I applied for my first federal grant. Our college was one of only 10 awardees in the nation and will receive nearly $750,000 over three years. I really appreciate the encouragement and instruction. "
Melissa Vermillion, Grant Writer
Hazard Community & Technical College
Hazard, KY


Who should take this training?

This training is a good fit for all types of organizations that compete—or plan to compete—in the federal arena: state, county, and local agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, private nonprofit organizations, and even for-profit organizations that are eligible for specific federal funding programs. This fast-paced, intensive training is not recommended for those new to the grant development field. (For those new to the field, start with either Grantsmanship Training Program® or Essential Grant Skills.)


What you learn

  • Find federal funding opportunities that match the mission and priorities of your organization
  • Scope-out upcoming competitions to get a head start—before the funding guidelines are released
  • Interpret application guidelines and decipher what they’re really asking for
  • Assess whether it makes sense to enter a particular competition
  • Assemble a work-plan for developing a powerful proposal
  • Develop an effective, well-documented case for funding
  • Assemble proposals that follow guidelines and respond to the funder's requirements


Why this learning lasts

Competing for Federal Grants uses our Listen & Discuss, Do & Review® curriculum, combing presentations, discussions, and practical, hands-on exercises to take you step-by-step through planning a program and developing a grant proposal. You immediately put new knowledge into practice, build powerful skills, and retain what you learn. This curriculum is based on best practices for adult learners where concepts are actually practiced—the information sticks with you.


You’re not alone when class is over

As a graduate of Competing for Federal Grants, you receive 12 months of full membership in The Grantsmanship Center’s Membership Program at no additional cost. This helps you:

  • Strengthen a proposal. You have a full year after the training to submit a proposal to one of our trainers for advice on how to improve it.
  • Find funders. Receive a full year of access to GrantDomain, our user-friendly, continuously updated database of foundation, corporate, and federal grantmakers. GrantDomain helps you target appropriate funders, while saving aggravation, time, and money.
  • Build your own skills or those of your team. After you complete the Competing for Federal Grants training, you or one other person from your organization may attend our 5-day Grantsmanship Training Program® for 50% off the regular tuition fee!
  • Enjoy other discounts on publications, consulting services, and more.
  • Find the answers you need. Ask The Center! Need help untangling application guidelines or handling tricky situations? Contact us. We're here to help our alumni find answers.



Tuition for the 5-day Competing for Federal Grants training is $1,195. This fee includes everything you need: a binder loaded with information and a flash drive with even more plus follow-up support through The Grantsmanship Center’s Membership Program for 12 months—at no additional cost!


Details and logistics

  • Once your payment (or purchase order) is received, we email your confirmation, including directions to the training location plus parking info.
  • Dress for comfort.
  • If possible, bring a laptop computer and a flash drive (thumb drive).
  • If you plan to work on a specific federal grant application, please bring the guidelines and other relevant information.
  • Training begins each day at 8:30 am and ends by 5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Wednesday, you’ll be working on a project with your team and may choose to stay later. On Friday, the class ends by 1:00 pm.
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided. Lunch is on your own--choose a local spot from list provided.
  • You receive a complete manual of training materials when you arrive at the training.



Tags:  education  financial  funding sources  Fundraising  grants  grants management tools  grantwriting  training 

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Nonprofit Workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, February 13, 2015
Updated: Thursday, February 12, 2015

March workshop:

Grantwriting for Beginners

Thursday, March 12
2:00 to 4:30 p.m. 
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration


Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.

Click to register

Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.  For more on workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

Tags:  development  donations  donors  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  louisiana  Member Event  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  sustainability  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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Love from LANO

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's is about love. We love people, we love our dogs, some of us love chocolate. And here at LANO, we really love our members and partners. We hope you feel it through our endless efforts to be your nonprofit resource. We want to extend to each of you our warmest thank you for your membership.


The need for services from the nonprofit sector has never been greater and our commitment as an association has never been stronger.  We can only accomplish our mission with the support and participation you provide.


We hope that you enjoy this special day with your friends and loved ones, and look forward to seeing you soon at upcoming LANO events.

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Webinar: Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Thursday, February 12, 2015

Online Fundraising Best Practices for


Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:30 p.m. CT.


In this educational session, you'll discover the best practices for successful fundraising by tapping into the expertise of Firespring—a company that has conducted more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors. Join Jay to discover:

  • The importance of an engaging website as your fundraising foundation.
  • Key reasons for donor abandonment.
  • How to build a strong donor retention plan.
  • The specific action steps to achieve online fundraising success.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered online fundraising.

Don’t miss this nonprofit-changing session led by Jay Wilkinson, one of America’s top-rated speakers on websites and marketing for nonprofits.

About the Presenter

Jay Wilkinson is a lifelong entrepreneur and longtime business owner. He sits on the board of several nonprofits and is an avid supporter of programs that provide leadership and enrichment programs for America’s youth. He speaks regularly on the topic of nonprofits and the web throughout the United States. He has appeared on CNN and other news outlets discussing how emerging technologies are shaping our future and is considered a leading authority on the impact of marketing on the web for nonprofits.


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Tags:  firespring  Fundraising  jay wilkinson  online fundraising  training  webinar 

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LANO team members are looking for volunteer opportunities!

Posted By Fairleigh C. Jackson, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Updated: Monday, February 09, 2015

This fall the LANO team launched LANO: Serves - a quarterly volunteer opportunity for our team to assist our member organizations in their efforts. Do you have an event coming up that you would like for us to help with? Are you seeking for volunteers to assist with that amazing program you offer your community? Please let us know! We are taking requests for LANO: Serves both this Spring and Summer. Please email Fairleigh Jackson with your opportunity today!


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The Audit Dance: A Well-Choreographed Routine

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Monday, February 09, 2015

Think of your non-profit organization and its external auditor as dance partners performing a well-choreographed routine. 

To execute the dance properly, each dancer must complete specific moves and coordinate timing with his or her partner. 

Likewise, your organization and its audit firm each have particular duties in the audit process but share the same end goal: a set of financial statements that fairly present your financial condition and operating results.

 Click here for complete article.


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Join our webinar on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 1PM CST.

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Thursday, February 05, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 04, 2015


Retaining Your Donors Through Online Engagement


Join our webinar on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 1PM CST.

Engaging your donors throughout the year is key to retaining their donations as the months pass by. It is also key to convert first time donors into recurring ones. How does your organization currently handle online engagement and overall donor retention?

Join CommitChange's Roderick Campbell and Jason Nicosia for a discussion on engagement and retention trends and techniques.

Register For Our Webinar Here


Can't Attend? Follow the conversation online #CommitChange

Tags:  donor management  donor retention  donors  Fundraising  online fundraising  webinar  webinars 

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LANO members: Download the latest free book summary about clearing up blurred lines between staff and board

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, LANO members can access this new book summary and others by CausePlanet.

Board and staff roles often become blurred, resulting in confusion and micro-managing. Author Jean Block has cleared up the murky division of labor between board and staff in The Invisible Yellow Line. She will help you create a space for improved communication and efficient use of volunteer and staff time.

Here are some highlights:

·       Ways to define and establish clear lines between board governance and management of the day-to-day operations

·       Ways to communicate with the staff, board and leaders in a well-defined, healthy way

·       Key responsibility lists in areas such as governance, management, finances, orientation, recruitment and planning  

Download this summary and hundreds of others in 3 simple steps:

1.     Visit

2.     Click on "Subscriber Log-in” at the top right corner, using your email and "Password1”.

3.     Click on "Visit the Summary Library” and download any title you like.

Questions? Email us at

Jean Block’s and other summaries are available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Tags:  CausePlanet  Page to Practice 

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Optimize Your Website To Enhance The Online Donation Process For Your Donors

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Updated: Friday, January 30, 2015

Charitable giving is at an all-time high these days and online giving continues to steadily increase every year. Nearly 60% of donors age 66 and older are now making their contributions online, and this number is significantly higher for younger donors. With this in mind, it is imperative that organizations continue to optimize their online efforts, especially those that directly affect the donations that come in. Simple adjustments to your website and overall giving process can have a significant impact on your online donations and overall fundraising goals of the year:

  • Keep the Online Donation Process Within Your Website
  • Provide impact statements and stories
  • Make sure your "donate” button stands out
  • Revamp Your "Thank You” Process

By keeping your processes short, straightforward and under the same website, your online fundraising should see a positive growth. Read more on our blog!

Tags:  Fundraising  nonprofit  non-profits  online fundraising  website 

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AAAneurysm Outreach Appoints New Executive Director

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Orleans-based health agency AAAneurysm Outreach has announced the appointment of J B Hunt as Executive Director, according to Board Chair Barbara Guerard. Mrs. Hunt formerly worked in management, fundraising, disaster response and board development with American Red Cross.

"We look forward to continuing to expand our outreach and education programs for abdominal aortic aneurysms across the country,” Ms. Guerard said. She joins founder Sheila Arrington, of Prairieville.

Formerly a CPR and First Aid instructor, Mrs. Hunt is also currently an instructor trainer for disaster volunteers. Prior to her Red Cross tenure, Mrs. Hunt worked in fundraising, public relations and volunteer management with Junior Achievement, Campfire Girls and Boys, public radio and others and has been a volunteer board member with Leadership Monroe (Florida) and served on other state and national work teams. Her BS degree is in journalism, and she is a former reporter with the Tulsa World and the Claremore Daily Progress (Oklahoma).

About AAAneurysm Outreach

Founded in 1999 in Prairieville, Louisiana, AAAneurysm Outreach is the only non-profit that provides education, free health screenings and awareness of abdominal aortic aneurysms, and provides comprehensive outreach for at-risk individuals –-typically smokers, men and women over the age of 60, those with hypertension and people with a family history of the condition.




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