Grant Professional Certification (GPC) Exam Prep
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Grant Professional Certification (GPC) Exam Prep

Increase your "generalist" knowledge of the grant profession while preparing to become certified by passing the GPC exam
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Created by Phil Johncock
Last updated 7/2013
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 mins on-demand audio
  • 2 Articles
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course, you will increase your knowledge and prepare to take and pass the GPC exam.
  • In this course, you will learn how to complete your eligibility packet.
  • In this course, you will learn all 9 core exam competencies.
  • In this course, you will learn 65 sub-competencies.
  • In this course, you will learn test-taking strategies.
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Requirements
  • Students must register separately to take the GPC exam with the Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI). Instructions for doing so are inside the course.
Description

Attention experienced grant writers:

Have you written at least 5 successful grant proposals over the past 7 years and have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the grants field within the last 5 years? If "yes", you may be eligible to take the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) exam and become certified. This course is perfect for you!

The GPC Exam Prep home study course helps you become certified by helping you complete your eligibility packet and preparing you to pass the GPC Exam! It includes polls, group discussions, scenarios (case studies), presentations, Google library, orientation and unique practice exam.

The GPC exam (and practice exam) have two parts: a writing sample and multiple choice section. Some skills measured include funder research, project design, crafting an effective grant application, post-award management, ethics, and writing a convincing case for funding.

GPC Exam Prep covers all 9 core exam competencies and 65 sub-competencies. It was designed by certified faculty.

The GPC Exam is independently administered by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). Cost for taking the GPC exam is separate. GPC Exam Prep is for advanced grant writers.

Who is the target audience?
  • Experienced grant writers with 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
67 Lectures
05:34:34
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OVERVIEW: Orientation and GPC Exam Registration
8 Lectures 42:39
In this video, you will receive a welcome from Carolyn Henrikson and Phil Johncock. Meet Rebecca Novak and Bentonne Snay, who are also GPC-certified faculty you will see in future videos .

Downloadable materials:
  • Phil's Resume
  • Carolyn's Resume
  • List of 9 Competencies and 64 Sub-Competencies for GPC Exam

External Resources:

  • GPC Exam Prep Course Online LIBRARY - Books to prepare for GPC Exam
  • GPC Exam Competencies (9)
  • Related Blog Posts and Articles
Preview 01:38

This lecture includes information about what the GPC exam is, who administers it [Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPC)], cost, and supplementary materials (literature review, links to sites for more info). Note: click here to access scholarship info and verify GPCI's fees, which may different from the fees at the time of making this video.

One question often asked is "do you recommend purchasing the study guide mention on the Preparation page from the GPA store or Thompson publishing?" Our faculty have discussed this in detail over the years. We have reviewed the study guide in the past. However, while it is helpful, the material including in this course is much, more comprehensive. If you would like get a free special report in which Phil interviews the authors of the study guide that will be delivered to you in both a searchable .pdf and audio .mp3, click here .
Preview 06:04

The 6 top reasons why becoming Grant Professional Certified is important are shown here, as well as faculty comments. In the External Resources, click on the link to watch a YouTube video from Phil for the reasons he become certified.
Preview 03:42

Learn about how the process works for submitting your eligibility packet for review from our faculty before you submit it to GPCI. Learn the timeline for submitting your eligibility packet, packet review, notification and 6-month window to take the exam after you have been notified that you are approved to take the exam. Learn about when you will hear about the results from your exam. Note: The dates and timeline may change from the one shown in the video. Click here for current information about the timeline.
Preview 04:47

This video show you where you can take the exam. Click here to find the nearest electronic testing center near you.
Preview 02:14

In this video, learn about the eligibility scoring rubric and eligibility packet, as well as an eligibility scoring example. Please click here to get the most current eligibility packet, in case it has been changed by GPCI. In the External Resources, you will find the most current eligibility packet as a Word document.
How To Get Your Eligibility Packet Approved
10:57

In this video, discover how the registration process works. Steps 1-7 include downloading your Eligibility Packet and conclude with you notifying us once you’ve submitted your Eligibility Packet. The Timeline is reviewed in relation to your studies. This video concludes for what to do “after” you have passed.

How the Registration Process Works and After You Pass
06:54

This is a short video about the history of grant certification and the Grant Professor's story. Enjoy!
Preview 06:23
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GPC Competency 1 - Funder Research
10 Lectures 31:09

15%of Multiple Choice Section

Competency 01

Knowledge of how to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs

Overview of Competency 1
00:57

1.01. Identify major trends in public funding and public policy.

Downloadable materials:
  • PowerPoint slides shown in video
1.01 Trends in Public Grant Funding
08:56

1.02. Identify major trends in private grant funding.

Downloadable materials:
  • PowerPoint slides shown in video
1.02 Trends in Private Grant Funding
04:32

1.03. Identify methods of locating funding sources.

Downloadable materials:
  • Notes from 2012 discussion on 1.03
  • Notes from 2011 discussion on 1.03
Preview 06:20

1.04. Identify techniques to learn about specific funders.

In this lecture, you receive a scenario to consider.

Downloadable materials
  • 1.04 Scenario
1.04. Identify techniques to learn about specific funders.
1 page

1.05. Identify methods for maintaining, tracking, and updating information on potential funders.

Downloadable materials:
  • Proposal Tracking Template from student
  • Prospect Worksheet (shown in video)
1.05 Methods of Tracking Funders
03:38

1.06. Identify effects of applicants’ organizational cultures, values, decision-making processes, and norms on the pursuit of grant opportunities.

Downloadable materials:
  • 1.06 Scenario
1.06. Identify effects of applicants’ organizational cultures, values, etc.
1 page

1.07. Identify fundable programs and projects for specific organizations.

Downloadable materials
  • 1.07 Scenario
1.07 Fundable Programs & Projects
06:46

1.08. Determine best matches between funders and specific programs.

Downloadable materials
  • 1.08 Scenario
1.08. Determine best matches between funders and specific programs.
2 pages

1.09. Interpret grant application request for proposal (RFP) guidelines and requirements to accurately assess funder intent.

Downloadable materials
  • 1.09 Scenario
  • Notes 1.09 Scenario discussion

1.09. Interpret grant application request for proposal (RFP) guidelines
2 pages
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GPC Competency 2 - Organizational Dev/Grant Seeking
7 Lectures 43:29
10%of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 02
Knowledge of organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Overview of Competency 2
01:18

2.01.  Identify methods for coordinating organizations’ grants development with various available funding streams.

2.04.  Identify methods for assisting organizations to implement practices that advance grant readiness.

2.05.  Identify values, purposes, and goals of fund-seeking entities’ overall strategic plans in the grants process.

Download materials:
  • 2.01, 2.04 & 2.05 Scenario
  • Notes from Discussion of Scenarios 2.01, 2.04, 2.05 2011
2.01 Coordinating, 2.04 Grant Readiness, 2.05 Strategic Plans
2 pages

Part 1 of 2

2.02.  Assess organizations’ capacity for grant seeking.

2.
03.  Assess organizations’ readiness to obtain funding for and implement specific projects.

2.06.  Identify methods of conducting mission-focused planning and needs assessments with applicant organizations.

Downloadable materials:
  • Scenarios 2.02, 2.03, 2.06
  • Notes from Discussion of Scenarios 2.02, 2.03, 2.06 2011
Part 1 of 2 - 2.02 Capacity, 2.03 Readiness, 2.06 Needs Assessments
08:09

Part 2 of 2

2.02.  Assess organizations’ capacity for grant seeking.

2.
03.  Assess organizations’ readiness to obtain funding for and implement specific projects.

2.06.  Identify methods of conducting mission-focused planning and needs assessments with applicant organizations.

Downloadable materials:
  • Scenarios 2.02, 2.03, 2.06
Part 2 of 2 - 2.02 Capacity, 2.03 Readiness, 2.06 Needs Assessments
04:52

2.07.  Identify strategies and procedures for obtaining internal institutional support and approval of decision-makers for grant-seeking activities.

Downloadable materials:
  • Notes 2.07 Internal Support 2012
  • Summary of Polls Re 2.07 and 2.08 2011
  • Polls 2.07 2012
2.07 Obtaining Internal Institutional Support
10:08

2.08.  Identify appropriate methods of working with local, state, and federal agencies and stakeholders to support grant seeking.
2.08 Working with Local/State/Federal Agencies & Stakeholders
09:52

2.09.  Identify practices of grant seeking that are outside the boundaries of applicable laws and regulations.

Downloadable materials:
  • Notes 2.09 Grant Seeking Outside the Law 2012
2.09 Practices Outside Boundaries of Applicable Laws
09:10
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GPC Competency 3 - Program and Project Design
8 Lectures 33:57
20%Of Multiple Choice Section
Competency 03
Knowledge of strategies for effective program and project design and development

Includes Overview of Competency 3 and Sub-Competencies 3.01-3.08. In Downloadable materials, you will find the competencies and sub-competencies listed.
Overview of Competency 3 and Sub-Competencies 3.01-3.08
01:15

3.01 Stakeholder Input - Poll & Group Discussion
06:54

3.02 Collaborations - Poll & Group Discussion
04:18

3.03.  Assess organizations’ readiness to obtain funding for and implement specific projects.

3.08.  Identify appropriate methods of working with local, state, and federal agencies and stakeholders to support grant seeking.
3.03 Accountability, 3.08 Evaluations - Poll & Group Discussion
04:47

3.04 - Logic Models, Part 1 of 2
09:58

3.04 - Logic Models, Part 2 of 2
05:01

3.05 Identify appropriate definitions of and interrelationships among elements of project design.

Multiple choice: definitions or examples

3.05 Project Design Elements - Quiz
11 questions

3.06. Identify design and development decisions that are data-based (e.g. descriptive, qualitative, environmental, and statistical).

  • Federal agencies for data
  • Other agencies for data

3.06 Data-Based Decisions - Resources
1 page

3.07 Community Resources - Poll & Group Discussion
01:44
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GPC Competency 4 - Effective Grant Applications
14 Lectures 01:32:01
25%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 04
Knowledge of how to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
Overview of Competency 4
00:40

4. 01.  Interpret grant application request for proposal (RFP) guidelines and requirements (e.g., abstracts and summaries, problem statements and needs assessments, introductions of organizations and capability statements, references and past performance requirements, timelines, narrative formats, budget formats, standard forms and assurances, scoring rubrics) to ensure high quality responses.

4.02.  Identify elements of standard grant proposal applications (e.g., needs assessments and statements, project objectives, project designs and methods, project narratives, activities, action plans, timelines, project evaluations, budgets, dissemination plans, future funding or sustainability statements, appendices, attachments).

Downloable materials:
  • 4.01 and 4.02 Review Summary 2012
  • 4.01 and 4.02 Assurances and Attachments 2011
4.01 Interpretting RFPs 4.02 Elements of Applications
06:18

4.02.  Identify elements of standard grant proposal applications (e.g., needs assessments and statements, project objectives, project designs and methods, project narratives, activities, action plans, timelines, project evaluations, budgets, dissemination plans, future funding or sustainability statements, appendices, attachments).

Downloadable materials:
  • Community Harvest Application
  • Dental Application
  • 4.02 Discussion Summary 2012
4.02 Part 2 - Review of 2 Applications
08:35

4.03.  Identify work strategies for submitting high-quality proposals on time.

This audio is Secret 23 of 30, entitled Create a Timeline for Success. Listen and follow along with Secret 23 in the Downloadable materials section. Permission is granted to use these from the Grants Conference and Fastest Way to Get Grants.
Preview 09:32

4.04.  Identify accurate and appropriate data sources to support proposal narratives.

Downloadable materials:
  • 4.04 Summary 2012
4.04 Data Sources
02:47

4.05.  Identify appropriate, sequential, consistent, and logical presentations of grant-narrative elements and ideas among or within proposal components.

4.07.  Identify appropriate and accurate uses of visuals to highlight information.

Downloadable materials:
  • 4.05, 4.07 Gantt Chart - Using a Spreadsheet to Create a Gantt Chart Timeline
4.05 Narrative Elements and 4.07 Visuals
09:10

4.06.  Identify proposal-writing approaches, styles, tones, and formats appropriate for proposing organizations and various audiences.
4.06 Approaches, Styles, Tones and Formats for Audiences
00:25

4.08.  Identify effective practices for developing realistic, accurate line-item and narrative budgets and for expressing the relationship between line-items and project activities in the budget narrative.

Download materials:
  • ABC Foundation Information (RFP)
  • Community Harvest Application Form
  • Dental Application Form
4.08 Realistic, Accurate Line-Item and Narrative Budgets
08:35

4.09.  Identify sources of in-kind matches for project budgets.

Downloadable materials:
  • 4.09 Resources - Understanding In-Kind Matches
  • 4.09 Technical Assistance Brief: In-Kind Cash Match Documentation
  • 4.09 Documentation, Matching Funds & In-Kind Donations
  • 4.09 GEAR UP In-Kind Match Guide
  • 4.09 Matching Funds
4.09 In-Kind Matches
08:23

4.10.  Identify factors that limit how budgets should be written (e.g., matching requirements, supplanting issues, indirect costs, prevailing rates, performance-based fees, client fees, collective bargaining, allowable versus non-allowable costs).

Download materials:
  • 4.10 Resources - Matching Requirements
4.10 Factors That Limit How Budgets Should Be Written
05:58

4.11.  Identify evaluation models and components appropriate to grant applications.

Download materials:
  • 4.11 Evaluation Summary
Preview 11:27

4.11.  Identify evaluation models and components appropriate to grant applications.

Download materials:
  • 4.11 Evaluation Summary
4.11 Evaluation Models - Part 2 of 2
05:29

4.12.  Identify methods for submitting proposals electronically.

Downloadable materials:
  • Life of a Grants.gov Application
  • 4 12 Electronic Submission Summary 2012
4.12 Submitting Proposal Electronically - Part 1 of 2
09:57

4.12.  Identify methods for submitting proposals electronically.

Downloadable materials:
  • Life of a Grants.gov Application
  • 4 12 Electronic Submission Summary 2012
Preview 04:45
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GPC Competency 5 - Post-Award Grant Management
5 Lectures 05:41
7%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 05
Knowledge of post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development
Overview of Competency 5
00:39

5.01.  Identify standard elements of regulatory compliance.

Download materials:
  • 5.01 Notes
5.01 Standard Elements of Regulatory Compliance
01:15

5.02.  Identify effective practices for key functions of grant management.

Downloadable materials:
  • 5.02 Notes
5.02 Grant Management Key Functions
01:31

5.03.  Differentiate roles and responsibilities of project and management staff and other key principals affiliated with grant projects.

Downloadable materials ...
  • 5.03 Notes
5.03 Roles and Responsibilities
00:48

5.04.  Identify methods of establishing transitions to post-award implementation that fulfill project applications (e.g., document transfer, accuracy in post-award fiscal and activity reporting).

Downloadable materials:
  • 5.04 Notes
5.04 Transitions to Implementation
01:28
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GPC Competency 6 - Ethics
2 Lectures 13:22
10%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 06
Knowledge of nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grants professionals
Overview of Competency 6
01:19

6.01.  Identify characteristics of business relationships that result in conflicts of interest or give the appearance of conflicts of interest.

6.03.  Identify effects of choices that foster or suppress cultural diversity and pluralistic values.

6.04.  Distinguish between truthful and untruthful, and accurate and inaccurate representations in grant development, including research and writing.

6.05.  Identify issues, effects, and countermeasures pertinent to grant Professionals’ individual heritages, backgrounds, knowledge and experiences as they may affect the grant development process.

6.06.  Identify funding sources that may present conflicts of interest for specific grant seekers and applicants.

Downloadable materials:
  • 6.01, 6.03, 6.04, 6.06 Notes And Polls

6.01, 6.03, 6.04 Representations, 6.05 Heritage, 6.06 Conflicts of Interest
12:03
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GPC Competency 7 - Professionalism
4 Lectures 23:30
5%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 07 - Professionalism
Knowledge of practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of Grant Professionals

8%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 08 - Relationship Building
Knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
Overview of Competency 7 and 8
02:06

7.01.  Identify characteristics of mutually beneficial relationships between fund seekers and funders.

7.04.  Identify methods of relationship cultivation, communication, recognition, and stewardship that might appeal to specific funders.

Downloadable materials:
  • 7.01 and 7.04 Scenario and Notes
7.01 Grant Reviewers and 7.04 Building Social Capital
07:20

7.02.  Identify advantages of participating in professional organizations that offer grant Professionals growth opportunities and advance the profession.

Downloadable materials:
  • Scenario 7.02
7.02 Professional Associations
08:03

7.03.  Identify how grants Professionals’ networks (e.g., mailing list servers, community alliances) enhance individuals’ professional growth and advance the profession.

Downloadable materials
  • 7.03 Poll and Notes
7.03 Grant Professional Networks
06:01
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GPC Competency 8 - Relationship Building
3 Lectures 11:40
8%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 08
Knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
Overview of Competency 8
00:02

8.01.  Identify characteristics of mutually beneficial relationships between fund seekers and funders.

8.03.  Identify methods to help fund-seeking organizations create effective collaborations with other organizations appropriate to funders’ missions and goals.

Downloadable materials:
  • 8.01 and 8.03 Scenario

8.01 Mutually Beneficial Relationships 8.03 Collaborations
06:17

8.02.  Identify strategies to determine funder-relation approaches that suit fund-seeking entities’ missions, cultures, and values.

8.04.  Identify methods of relationship cultivation, communication, recognition, and stewardship that might appeal to specific funders.

Downloadable materials:
  • 8.02 and 8.04 Polls and Notes
8.02 Funder-Relations 8.04 Appealing to Funders
05:21
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GPC Competency 9 - Writing Convincing Cases for Funding
4 Lectures 15:22

20% Of Overall
Competency 09
Ability to write a convincing case for funding

9.01.  Follow guidelines.
9.02.  Use conventions of standard written English.
9.03.  Organize ideas appropriately.
9.04.  Convey ideas clearly.
9.05.  Make a persuasive argument.

Downloadable materials:

  • Scoring Scale - Writing Prompt
Scoring Criteria for Sub-Competencies 9.01, 9.02, 9.03, 9.04, 9.05
2 pages

This lecture covers how the writing prompt for the GPC Exam works. It includes all competencies included in Competency 9: 9.01, 9.02, 9.03, 9.04.

Downloadable materials:
  • PowerPoint Slides for Writing Prompt Scoring: 9.01, 9.02, 9.03, 9.04.
How the Writing Prompt Works 9.01, 9.02, 9.03, 9.04, 9.05
09:22

This is the format recommended by the Federal government.
Format - Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
00:55

The Writing Prompt for the writing sample for the GPC Exam may involve writing a Letter of Inquiry.

Downloading materials:

  • Letter of Inquiry template
Format - Letter of Inquiry
05:05
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About the Instructor
Phil Johncock
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Grant Professor

GRANT PROFESSOR - For 26 years, Phil has had a 94% success rate with over 55 grants funded. As a grant professor for 21 years, he has taught over 3,000 people. In 2001, he designed the first college Grant Writing Certification program in the U.S. He has authored 71 articles and 11 books. In 2011, along with a group of 4 certified GPCs, he designed the premiere GPC Exam Prep Course Online. He is Grant Professional Certified (GPC), edits a free weekly Grant Writing Newsletter for grant professionals and released in 2012 the popular training on How to Create a Grant Readiness 3-Ring Binder. In 2013, he released the Grants Conference training DVDs and Fastest Way to Get Grants CDs for beginning grant writers and grant teams.