Monday, March 16, launches International Grant Professionals Week. The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) is rolling out a full month of social media activities to recognize its members around the world. Currently, there are 21 active members based outside of the U.S., and many more professionals who access information and network through the Association’s social media forums. Since its inception, GPA has increased its membership in staggering numbers, and enhanced international awareness is a contributing factor.
What does this mean? That an increasing number of grant writers are looking for professional development opportunities, as well as seeking to be a part of a larger organized and well-managed association. eCivis Vice President of Grant Writing Services (GWS) Beverly Browning ("Dr. Bev") has been a member since 2001, and I joined GPA in 2006. Over the years, attending or presenting a professional development workshop at the annual conference has been the highlight of our year, a time for skillset renewal and an opportunity to meet new colleagues. This year’s annual conference will be held in St. Louis during November 11-14. We hope to see you there!
We wanted to write this blog to share some exciting news with the entire eCivis subscribership as well as our grant writing team members. Both Dr. Bev and I are preparing for a five-day Grant Writing Boot Camp that will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Camp will run April 13-17 and is closed to the general public. Our site host is the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). Invited attendees will be Centers for Disease Control (CDC) grantees from throughout Africa.
As GPA members and long-term training consultants, we are elated to have been invited to plan and facilitate this international CDC/NCIRD training event. We are excited to represent eCivis, the Grant Writing Training Foundation, Kimberly Richardson Consulting, and GPA during this multi-country educational gathering.