GrantStation Online Education Trainings

GrantStation offers online education through webinars. Short for web-based seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements -- the ability to give, receive and discuss information.

GrantStation webinars are open to the public as well as GrantStation Members and are fee-based for all participants. These online trainings are LIVE events only and are not recorded.

In order to participate in a GrantStation webinar, you will need:

  • A computer
  • Computer speakers (for streaming audio)*
    This has been a highly requested feature and we are proud to announce this option for our webinar participants..
  • An internet connection

*The audio portion of the webinars is streaming audio through your computer speakers. You can use your computer or iPad (with downloaded app). Mobile devices only receive the audio portion, not online viewing.

Time Zones

All GrantStation webinars take place at 2 PM Eastern Time unless otherwise noted in their description. Look below to identify what time the webinar will take place in your location:

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Current Online Education Training Offerings

We offer multiple types of webinars:

  • FREE webinars have no cost and only require you to sign up.
  • (NEW) webinars are being offered for the first time by GrantStation.

Webinars without an additional identifier are a part of our regular offerings.

GrantStation webinars are open to the public as well as GrantStation Members and are fee-based for all participants. These online trainings are LIVE events only and are not recorded.

FREE Tour of the GrantStation Website

Join Jeremy Smith, GrantStation's Communications Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. This tour will provide tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects. By using GrantStation's databases and resource tools, you can begin to develop a successful grantseeking strategy for the next 12 to 18 months. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith - GrantStation's Communications & Technology Director - not only deals with GrantStation's internal and external web issues, but also manages the Insider newsletters. Connecting a nonprofit with funding has become a real point of enjoyment for him as he updates and develops new looks and features for the website. His goal is to make the process of finding funding the easiest part of the grant process. Hearing about the organizations that have not only received funding but found the information through GrantStation - or one of the Insider newsletters - is an excellent indicator of this success.


Tuesday July 21, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 60 minutes
Fee: Free


Customizing Your Grant Proposal to Meet a Funder's Needs

Many nonprofits have one standard proposal that they mass mail to potential funders. This is a mistake since it is critical to customize each grant proposal so that it matches the funder's own criteria as closely as possible. With so much information available today on exactly what funders are looking for, and with competition as steep as it is now, it is essential to go the extra mile to make each proposal special. In this webinar Judith Margolin provides specific advice on tailoring grant requests to meet a funder's needs. This webinar is ideal for intermediate and advanced grant writers. The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Judith Margolin

Judith Margolin

Judith Margolin is an independent consultant and workshop leader on foundations and grants. She served as Vice President for Planning and Evaluation at the Foundation Center for a number of years. She has devoted her career to philanthropy and is dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations secure the funding they require to fulfill their valuable missions. She is the author of several books, including The Individual’s Guide to Grants and Financing a College Education and has served as editor of multiple editions of the Foundation Center’s how-to books, including Foundation Fundamentals, Guide to Proposal Writing, Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals, and After the Grant. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut.


Thursday July 23, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


What IS Your Problem? Writing a Compelling Statement of Need

The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal. Understanding the most effective methods for documenting a need, and then using that information to engage the reader is the key to submitting a powerful grant application. Join GrantStation's CEO, Cynthia Adams, as she talks through not only how to find good information to build the need statement, but also how to grow the reader's interest, and create a sense of urgency around the issue to be addressed. This webinar is full of ideas, examples, and new ways to deliver your message so that the problem you are addressing is a need the grantmaker feels compelled to support! This presentation will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. All levels of grant writers are encouraged to attend. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Cynthia M. Adams

Cynthia Adams

Cynthia M. Adams has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofit organizations raise the money needed to do their good work. Many of her early efforts centered on raising funds to set aside wilderness areas in Alaska. In 1990 she started her first company, the Alaska Funding Exchange. This endeavor served as the testing ground for a national company, GrantStation, which opened its Internet doors in the fall of 2001. Cindy built this business because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life's work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and throughout the world.


Tuesday July 28, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Getting Started: Making Your Grant Requests Sparkle

Are you new to grant writing? This webinar will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Participants come away with a clear picture of exactly what documents they should have at hand and how to polish and present these documents in order to submit successful grant requests. Why not make your first grant proposals not only a joy to write, but also make them stand out from other submissions? Cynthia M. Adams, CEO of GrantStation, has been teaching grant writing workshops for over 20 years, and presents a webinar full of "how to's" and "examples" for the novice grant writer. Participants will receive several handouts/worksheets before the webinar to help guide their success. This presentation will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Cynthia M. Adams

Cynthia Adams

Cynthia M. Adams has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofit organizations raise the money needed to do their good work. Many of her early efforts centered on raising funds to set aside wilderness areas in Alaska. In 1990 she started her first company, the Alaska Funding Exchange. This endeavor served as the testing ground for a national company, GrantStation, which opened its Internet doors in the fall of 2001. Cindy built this business because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life's work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and throughout the world.


Thursday July 30, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Grants: How to Get Them and What to Do Next

When money is tight or when experiencing a budget gap, or when launching a new program area or expanding an organization's audience base, we often think "Why not get a grant?" This webinar, presented by Judi Margolin, explores the ins and outs of grantseeking, providing some very specific advice about how to be successful at securing outside funding from both foundations and corporations. Topics covered include the various types of grants, which kinds of grants in which dollar amounts work best for different types of funders, types of grant support, alternatives to cash grants, and how to determine where grants fit in your overall funding scheme. What to do when you actually receive a grant to ensure you are well positioned for the next grant is also addressed. The presentation will be held Thursday, August 13, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Judith Margolin

Judith Margolin

Judith Margolin is an independent consultant and workshop leader on foundations and grants. She served as Vice President for Planning and Evaluation at the Foundation Center for a number of years. She has devoted her career to philanthropy and is dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations secure the funding they require to fulfill their valuable missions. She is the author of several books, including The Individual’s Guide to Grants and Financing a College Education and has served as editor of multiple editions of the Foundation Center’s how-to books, including Foundation Fundamentals, Guide to Proposal Writing, Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals, and After the Grant. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut.


Thursday August 13, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2015 -2016

This webinar will take participants through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. Fast-paced, and filled with action steps, Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, will discuss how to design and adopt a Grant Decision Matrix before beginning the process of building a specific grants strategy for each project. All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building an overall grantseeking strategy for their organization. This presentation, which will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015, is geared towards beginning and intermediate grantwriters. Advanced grantwriters may also find it useful as a refresher course. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Cynthia M. Adams

Cynthia Adams

Cynthia M. Adams has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofit organizations raise the money needed to do their good work. Many of her early efforts centered on raising funds to set aside wilderness areas in Alaska. In 1990 she started her first company, the Alaska Funding Exchange. This endeavor served as the testing ground for a national company, GrantStation, which opened its Internet doors in the fall of 2001. Cindy built this business because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life's work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and throughout the world.


Thursday August 27, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site