Reading a federal solicitation for funding can seem very over-whelming until you understand how to search for key elements and terms. This course will provide an overview of key strategies you need when you review a federal solicitation. The information presented is based upon the nine competencies and skills adopted by the Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI) to represent excellence for the grant profession and the Grant Professional Association (GPA) Code of Ethics. Participants will receive an in-depth view of the steps to reviewing a solicitation to determine what is required and examples of how to organize the project management process of writing a response (grant) to a federal solicitation.


Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn how to interpret grant application requests for proposal (RFP) guidelines to accurately assess funder intent. (GPCI Competency #1, Skill 8)
  • Participants will learn how to interpret grant application RFP guidelines to ensure high quality responses. (GPCI Competency #4, Skill 2)
  • Participants will identify project management strategies for submitting high-quality and complete proposals on time. (GPCI Competency #4, Skill 3)
  • Participants will identify factors that limit how budgets are written. (GPCI Competency #5, Skill 10)


Cost: $39.00


CEUs: 3 hours


Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Kari Cronbaugh-Auld, MSW, GPC (she/her) – Kari is the Principal Grant Consultant and Founder of KCA Grant Consulting. She has a master’s in social work from the University of Kansas and has held a Grant Professional Certification since 2017. During her 25 years of experience providing/administering social service programs, Kari provided direct services to needy families and children, developed and implemented a successful domestic violence advocacy program, and provided leadership for residential and communitybased programs with a combined budget of over $2 million. Kari also
wrote and managed grants to ensure successful sustainability and growth of these programs, including youth and families in the foster care system, homeless youth, youth with truancy and juvenile justice issues, and victims of domestic violence. Building upon this experience, Kari began writing grants full time and obtained her Grant Professional Certification (GPC). Equipped with these two skill sets, Kari continues to help others by assisting nonprofits and institutions of higher education to fund their programs and serve their communities. Over the last five years, Kari has successfully written grants awarding over $13.3 million from private, county, state, and federal funding sources. Kari serves on the board of directors for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)-Kansas and is a volunteer delivery driver for the KC PB&J Project. She and her husband live in Olathe, Kanas and have a blended family with five children, ages 16 to 29 and two granddaughters.


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Live Presentation: On-Line via Zoom.

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