Exploring Federal Grants

A Federal grant award can be the catalyst for remarkable growth in a nonprofit. However, taking on a Federal grant application for the first time can be a huge time consuming project and it is hard to know where to start.

Introduction to Federal Grants is a beginner course intended for anyone who wants to learn how to explore federal grant opportunities. This workshop provides practical help with exploring federal grant opportunities and resources for getting organized quickly. Participants will explore actual funding opportunities listed on Grants.gov. Using a real example online, the class will locate eligibility and threshold requirements, explore rating factors, review a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), and use provided tools to organize the process. Participants will get a chance to select and review a real grant that their organization may be interested in applying to, and share their experience with the group.

Note: This course is intended as a suggested pre-requisite for “Writing Federal Grants” workshop.

Topics Addressed: federal grant writing, project management, NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability)

Course Level: Introduction (great for beginners)

Who should attend:

  • Those new to general grant writing and/or federal grant writing.
  • Nonprofit professionals looking to start a federal grant application for their nonprofit.
  • Leaders looking to understand the process for federal grant applications.
  • CNM Members working toward their Fundraising certificate

Method of Facilitation: Interactive handouts, online resources, discussion, hands-on exploration

This work will amplify the impact of nonprofits by helping participants:

  • Learn the time, structure, and resources needed to being applying for a federal grant.
  • Proficiently navigate NOFAs (Notice of Funding Availability) and General Sections.
  • Explore tools for getting organized.
  • Find and explore Federal grant opportunities that their organization may be interested in applying to.


April 4, 2019; 9:00 AM to April 4, 2019; 12:30 PM
End Date
Thursday, April 04, 2019
$75.00 for Members; $140.00 for nonmembers; $75.00 for students

Subject Area(s)
Center for Nonprofit Management


This workshop has already started and registrations are no longer being accepted. If you are interested in taking this course, please refer to the list below to find another time with the course will be offered.

This workshop is not currently offered at any other times.