Expand Your Skills, Get Tools, and Grow Your Network for Grants!  

"I love SmartEGrants' Blueprints for the GPC. It has given me a community. As a consultant, I work alone with few local learning opportunities. I feel like I'm learning and improving each and every day. And the private Facebook group is amazing. It's a safe place where I feel comfortable asking questions and know I'm going to get the answers I need." - Trish Bachman

Trish Bachan

Bethany Turner, GPC

"I was taking webinars from other sources, but it felt really jumbled. SmartEGrants' Blueprints for the GPC brought it all together for me. I won a scholarship to take the Grant Professionals Certification Institute's exam in November 2015 and thanks to Jo and the SmartEGrants team I took the exam 10 months later and now I'm a GPC!" - Bethany Turner, GPC


"I feel like I'm experienced enough and could get through the test, but I needed some demystifying of how it works. And even though I intended to do it, I never really made space for it in my life in terms of preparing for it and reviewing material. To me, joining SmartEGrants' Blueprints for the GPC was a way to hold myself accountable and get it done." - Kathy Hatfield

Kathy Hatfield

Get Recognized for Your Expertise

Earn Your Grant Professionals Credential

The fundraising industry has the CFRE. The legal profession has the bar. And in the grants-world, the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) is the premier credential for grant professionals. 

With less than 350 GPCs in the country, those 3 initials behind your name automatically sets you apart as a leader in the fundraising and grants industry and welcome you into an elite group of fund development professionals - a community of the best-in-the-field.

But like all professional credentials, earning your GPC is no small feat.  

The GPC exam: 

  • Tests the applicant's expertise on 9 core competencies and 65 skills vital to success in the grants profession 
  • Is a generalist exam covering a broad spectrum of grant types, from family foundation grants to large federal grants
  • Consists of two portions: 1) 150-160 question multiple choice section and 2) 2-hour timed writing assignment

Join the SmartEs! In the Course and Community

Blueprints for Grant Professionals Course

Your A-Z resource for building your grant expertise. 

Blueprints for GPC offers in-depth trainings on the exact skills and competencies identified and evaluated by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. SmartEGrants' step-by-step instructors and community are ready to walk with you every step of the way! Together, you'll build your grant toolbox and confidently tackle any grant project knowing you've got the experience, expertise, and an entire community behind you!

Here's How It All Breaks Down

JOURNEY TO THE GPC

You'll internalize the "big picture" framework of the broad range and categories of skills and competencies that a Grant Professional brings to their organization(s), as identified and evaluated by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. 

Lesson 1 - Your GPC Course Roadmap  

Lesson 2 - All About the GPC

GRANT READINESS

Is your organization ready to apply for a grant? How will it manage the funds when you win the award? 

Lesson 1 - Organizational Status 

Lesson 2 - Grant Ready Organization (GRO) 

Lesson 3 - Grant Teams 

Lesson 4 - Managing Grant Ready Teams

PROJECT DESIGN

Your organization is grant ready, now it's time to start building a project. You'll walk away with resources and tools to help you design grant projects with fundable goals, impacts, measurements, outcomes, costs and - dare I say it - sustainability. 

Lesson 1 - Program & Project Design 

Lesson 2 - Fundable Project Criteria 

Lesson 3 - Project Design Tools

GRANT RESEARCH 

You've done your due diligence and know your organization is grant ready. Now let's find you a grant.  

Lesson 1 - Sources & Trends in Grants 

Lesson 2 - Grant Research Preparation 

Lesson 3 - Grant Research Execution

GRANT RELATIONSHIPS

We all know relationships are important for the success of your application. But how can you build stronger relationships with funders (and other partners) to increase your chance of winning and increase the impact of your projects? 

Lesson 1 - Effective Relationships 

Lesson 2 - Funder Relationships 

Lesson 3 - External Partnerships

Lesson 4 - Internal Partners 

GRANT APPLICATIONS

We've pulled all the pieces together and now it's time to craft your grant application. This module dives into the nuts and bolts of grant applications and gives you the tools and resources you need to develop a convincing proposal. 

Lesson 1 - Let's Get Organized 

Lesson 2 - Making an Effective Case 

Lesson 3 - Using Data, Tables & Attachments 

GRANT MANAGEMENT

You won the grant! Congratulations! Now what? In the grant management module you'll learn the entire grant management life cycle including grant implementation, grant reports, audits, and finally close-out. 

Lesson 1: Grant Implementation 

Lesson 2: Grant Close-Out

PROFESSIONAL, ETHICAL & LEGAL

The grants arena is changing rapidly! Regulations and requirements can seem overwhelming. And, "I Didn't Know" is not a defense. We'll cover what you need to know (and do) to protect your organizaion and yourself while positively representing and contribute to the grants profession.  

Lesson 1: Professionalism

Lesson 2: Ethical & Legal

"Having the GPC has helped me negotiate promotions and raises and helps explain my expertise to those outside the field." - Kimberly Hays deMuga, GPC

YOU'LL ALSO GET ACCESS TO...

BONUS NUMBER ONE

Private Blueprints for the GPC Facebook Group 

(Value $497) 

You don't have to go it alone. While the core curriculum leads you every step of the way, there’s something special about connecting with other grants and fundraising professionals in a private community setting.  

You get LIFETIME access to the Closed-Door Blueprints for the GPC Facebook Group where you'll gain unlimited insight, inspiration, and feedback. And the Blueprints for the GPC team will be in there too to help answer any questions you have along the way.

And to top it all off, you'll be building a network of connections that can lead to future jobs and grant opportunities.


BONUS NUMBER TWO

LIFETIME Access to Members Only Website

(a $999 value)

Maybe you're not ready to sit for the GPC right this minute. No problem. When you join Blueprints for the GPC you get LIFETIME access to the course.

No Renewal Fee. Ever.

So all the downloadable videos, slides, checklists, and cheatsheats waiting for you on the membership site right now, will be there when you are ready to sit for the exam. PLUS you get access to all the extra trainings and materials added as the course is updated.


"Studying for the GPC will make you a better grant writer. The material you cover in Blueprints for the GPC is extremely applicable. It's not just theory. With every lesson I thought 'Oh, we need to implement that now!' For instance, after the module on budgets I revised a grant I was writing for a community theater and included volunteer hours which helped beef up the budget significantly." - Bethany Turner, GPC

What Happens When You Earn Your GPC?

Having your GPC: 

  • Visibly demonstrates your professional achievement and commitment to the ethical practice of grant writing to current and future employers.
  • Means you can negotiate salary and pay raises as an expert in the field.
  • Gives credence to your grant consulting business because clients understand you have the backing of the Grant Professional Certification Institute's evaluation, oversight, and endorsement.
  • Shows your support of the growth of the grant writing industry as a trusted profession.


Why do Grant Professionals who are preparing to take the GPC exam join SmartEGrant GPC? Here's how most attempts at taking the GPC exam go down...

You have the best of intentions, but something urgent ALWAYS pops up. 

If you're not working on an application, your boss expects you to be courting new prospects, looking for new grant opportunities. 

And it's not just finding time to study that's the problem. 

You've got questions about the exam itself:

  • Do I need government experience to pass the test? 
  • How do I know what to study? What exactly is covered?
  • Which is more difficult, the multiple choice or the writing section?
  • When they evaluate eligibility, does my experience have to be full time?
  • What do I have to do to maintain my GPC? 


So how do you fit in researching application deadlines, completing forms, developing a study plan, finding material to study, doing the actual studying all while MAINTAINING YOUR CURRENT JOB and family commitments?

Is there a way you can cut down on the learning curve, know exactly what you need to pass the exam, and feel confident when you walk into the testing center?

Yes, there is! SmartEGrants Grant Professionals Course takes you through a clear step-by-step process that takes you to the finishline. Add-on pre-exam pratice tools are also available to those who join SmartEGrants' Grant Professionals Course.

JOIN THE GRANT PROFESSIONALS COURSE TODAY

When you enroll, you'll get:

The FULL Grant Professionals Course: Priority access to all 8 Modules with more than 20 lessons, checklists, and cheatsheets. Value - $1,999

Bonus One: Private Closed-Door Grant Professionals Course Facebook Group- Build a network of connections and tap into the collective knowledge, experience, and insight of accompished grant professionals. Value - $497

Bonus Two: LIFETIME Access to Members Only Website - No renewal fee. Value - $999

When you add it all up, that's a total value of over $3,495 

And that's not even counting the unannounced surprises and bonuses I have in store for you once you get started...

We can't wait to welcome you into the SmartE Community! 

12 PAYMENTS OF $99

OR

ONE PAYMENT OF $1080

"I think working in a collaborative team environment where you can study and see what your weaknesses are and see what your strengths are gives you much more built-in confidence" - Kim Sanchez

You Have Questions & We Have Answers


1. Do I have to take the GPC exam to join this course?

No! SmartEGrans Blueprints for the GPC is for anyone interested in deepening their grant expertise. The Grant Professional Certification Institute's identified skills and credentials, as evaluated on the exam, serve as the framework for the course, but you absolutely don't have to take the exam or even be considering the exam to enroll and join the course and the community. This course will be of value to anyone interested in learning more about grant readiness, project design, grant research, building relationships, writing successful grant applications, grant management and ethical and legal considerations of the grant profession. So if you're ready to increase your grant competencies and broaden your skills base, join today.

2. How many hours do I need to set aside for the course each week?

SmarEGrants GPC is self paced.

Once you enroll, you'll have instant access to all of the lessons within the 8 Modules so that you can work through the material at your own pace. If you want to take the GPC exam as quickly as possible, I suggest you spend 1 hour a day dedicated to the program. But no worries if that's too much - you have lifetime access, so you can go at your own pace!

3. Who teaches the course?

SmartEGrants GPC is taught by Jo Miller, GPC, SMS. With over 20 years experience in grants and over 13 years consulting. Jo has secured more than $80 million in grant funding for all levels of governmental organizations and for nonprofits large and small.

Jo is the Vice President of the international Grants Professionals Association. She hosts GrantChat, a weekly Twitter chat for grant professionals. GrantChat brings national experts, resources, and the latest trends and best-practices to the grant community. GrantChat has grown into an online community reaching 200,000 to 980,000 impressions each week over the past 4 years. Many of the experts collaborating with Jo serve as resources to our SmartE courses and communities

Jo is a national speaker, presenter, trainer, published author, and has been nationally recognized for her contributions to the profession. Jo is passionate about the grants profession and helping other grant professionals connect and grow!  

4. Sounds fabulous. I'd love to join, but I need help convincing my employer.

We get it. Enrolling in SmartEGrants Blueprints for the GPC is an investment and anything that involves time or money is not always a solo decision.

We've anticipated a few of the most common questions your employer may have about the program and have a few handouts that will help. 

Click here for the "How to Talk To My Employer" handout.

Click here for the "Blueprints for the GPC" flyer.

5. What are the eligibility requirements to take the GPC exam?

GPC exam eligibility is based on a points system. The minimum number of points needed to sit for the exam is 120 points (with a max of 170 possible). Points are awarded in the four professional areas:

Education (Up to 40 points) - Candidates receive credit for formal postsecondary education from an accredited institution, including 20 points for an Associates degree and 40 points for a Bachelor degree or above.

Experience (Up to 70 points) - Candidates must possess a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the grants field within the last 5 years as well as at least 5 successful grant proposals over the past 7 years. These are non-negotiable elements within the GPC exam process. 

Professional Development (Up to 40 points) - Professional development activities must have occurred within the past two years and must clearly relate to your wrk as a grant professional.

Community Involvement (Up to 20 points) - Community involvement is perhaps the broadest category and may include non-grant-related activities. The GPCI Board of Directors believes grant professionals should and do participate actively in all aspects of their home communities and encourage this ongoing involvement.

6. How much does it cost to take the GPC exam?

The total GPC exam fee is $539 for Grant Professional Association members, $739 for non-members. Scholarships are available. We will walk you through the process of applying for the exam and scholarships.

7. Does SmartEGrants GPC come with a guarantee?

Yes! We know purchasing a training program can be a daunting investment and we want you to be absolutely sure this is the program for you. If you are not 100% satisfied, you can cancel your membership and receive a full refund (less cost of materials) within the first 30 days of enrollment. 

If you can relate to any of the above...

Then I want to reward your commitment to growing your grants expertise with the most COMPLETE Grant Professional 

Course available.  

Get started RIGHT NOW by choosing the plan that works best for you:

12 PAYMENTS OF $99

 OR

ONE PAYMENT OF $1080

I can't wait to support you on your journey!

- Jo Miller, GPC

Jo Miller, GPC