A representative from Grants.gov, the Federal government’s online portal for grant making, will be in Albuquerque on August 23rd, 2017 to provide hands-on training to New Mexico nonprofits. While Grants.gov offers in-person training in Washington, D.C. and via its online tutorials, this is a first for New Mexico to have a national trainer come to the state to help nonprofit organizations find and apply for Federal grant funding.
Sponsored by The Grants Collective in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the training will allow participants to learn the registration process, how to find funding opportunities, how to apply for those opportunities, and Grants.gov’s new collaborative Workspace application format, which will replace the current downloadable “legacy” application package. Knowing how to navigate and successfully submit complex grant packages is critical for any nonprofit organization that hopes to secure a Federal grant. With the legacy application package being phased out by the end of the year, this training will help ensure that New Mexico users of Grants.gov know how to use Workspace.
Grants.gov user Cecily Peterson, Resource Development Officer at The Grant Plant, Inc., recently tried out the new Workspace portal. She states that it proved “helpful in simplifying application preparation among multiple contributors and reviewers. And importantly, it will make future applications more efficient.” Federal grant application packages are usually large and complex, consisting of dozens of forms, required legal documents, budgets, narrative text, and more. Missing one piece can result in a non-compliant rejection. But because grants coming from out of state, including through the Federal government, are generally three times larger than those made within the state, it is critical that New Mexico nonprofits gain the skills and resources they need to compete at a national level. As they do, this means they are better resourced to carry out their missions, delivering on services designed to address our social ills or improve quality of life.
To register for the training, visit http://bit.ly/GrantsReg. The cost is $35 for the session, which will take place between 9 am and 12 pm August 23rd at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Albuquerque. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, as the training will be hands-on and interactive.
About the Trainer: Tricia Glass began working as a Program Advisor in the Grants.gov Program Management Office in November of 2012. Prior to that she spent four years working at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration as a Senior Grants Manager. Ms. Glass has over a decade experience in both grants and program management as well as information technology management.
About the Event Sponsor: The Grants Collective is helping New Mexico nonprofit organizations raise their ability and capacity to compete for major national and federal grants. The Grants Collective offers three primary ways to participate: (1) Cooperative Network: A subscription-based network of nonprofit professionals interested in developing skills, insight, and resources for high-performance grant seeking. (2) Talent Academy: A 6-month professional fellowship to develop skills for securing major grants. (3) Grow New Mexico: Technical assistance to help New Mexican communities and organizations put together grant/loan packages for infrastructure and other special projects. Grow New Mexico is an independent, fiscally sponsored project. Find out more at www.thegrantscollective.org.
About the Center for Nonprofit Excellence: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence at the United Way of Central New Mexico strengthens the capabilities and capacity of New Mexico nonprofits so they can more effectively meet their missions. It provides resources and services to help nonprofits have a positive impact on the communities they serve, strengthen their board engagement and governance, improve their financial sustainability, enhance their internal management and operations, and better evaluate and measure their impact. A full calendar of upcoming trainings can be found at https://www.centerfornonprofitexcellence.org/training-events.