How Do I Find a Great Grant Writer?
How do I Know a Grant Writer is a True Grant Professional?
You want to hire the best grant professional you can find. You want a good return on investment and the best possible outcomes for your grant seeking efforts. How do you assess an individual’s knowledge-base, performance abilities, integrity and ethical standards as they relate to the grant development process? How do you know that they are capable of making informed decisions about relevance of funding opportunities to programming and the real needs of your constituents and your organization? You turn to the Grant Professional Certification Institute – they have already evaluated experienced grant professionals and they hold us to the highest standards, keep us accountable to our professional development and to the GPC code of ethics.
Ask for a GPC
Earning the GPC endows the practitioner with a nationally recognized credential of expertise that goes beyond being a great grant writer – a GPC is well-rounded proven grant professional. The Grant Professional Certification (GPC) is designed to identify individuals with broad‐based knowledge and real‐world experience in the field of grantsmanship.This expertise is examined through the core competencies and skills that define the standards of knowledge and practice for our field. The standards are balanced between those working in government and in private sectors, and between the demands upon institutional, smaller nonprofit, and consultant practitioners. GPC candidates qualify based on their acceptance of ethical standards, commitment to constituents, and competence in the fundamentals of grantsmanship.
Who Benefits When a Grant Writer is GPC Credentialed?
You benefit! Whether you are an organization seeking a grant consultant or hiring new staff; or, you’re a Grantor and are looking for assurances that the organization who receives your funds manages grants in an ethical manner according to your requirements; or, you are a Grant Professional seeking a new job, new clients or you want to move up in your organization – the GPC institutes standards that show a distinction and provide accountability for the certified grant professional that sets them apart from the crowd.
Your organization can review the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s standards of excellence to complement your knowledge and tools to better assess your grant staff and consultants. Go beyond finding a great grant writer and look for a Grant Professional Certified (GPC). In order to be eligible to sit for the exam, the grant professional must document experience, knowledge and skills related to grant development and management, including organizational grant readiness and strategy, program design and development, public and private sector funding, ethics and grant accountability.
8 Competency Categories
1: Effective Grant Applications
2: Program & Project Design & Development
3: Funding Resources
4: Organization Development
5: Ethical Practices
6: Grant Management
7: Cultivate & Maintain Relationships
8: Raise the Level of Professionalism
Fast Facts About GPC
The creation of GPC was started by the Grant Professionals Association in 1999.
The first GPC exams were offered in 2007. Since 2012, the GPC exam is available through electronic testing.
As of December 2013, there are 346 GPCs in 43 of the United States and Ecuador.
More Information on GPC
If you would like to have more dialogue about these 8 competencies for certified grant professionals, I would encourage you to join me (@jm_grants) with my co-moderator Diane H. Leonard (@dianehleonard) during #grantchat (a weekly Twitter chat for grant professionals on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. ET) as we complete an eight week series discussing one of the competencies each week. You can find more information about the upcoming chats and take a peek at the previous week’s dialogues here.
I Want to Hear From You
Does your organization look for ‘GPC’ when hiring a grant writer? Do you urge your grant staff to earn their GPC? As a consultant, how important is ‘GPC’ to your business? Have you considered sitting for the GPC exam? Why or why not?
Get Grants, Do Good!
Jo Miller, GPC