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Grants 101: Understanding the Federal Grants Process From Start to Finish

Grants 101

Understanding the Federal Grants Process From Start to Finish

Are you new to the Grants world or looking for Grants training for your staff? If so, you're in luck! In this online course, even the newest staff members (like you!) will learn how to make a valuable contribution throughout the federal grants process, and beginning immediately!

From writing compelling—and compliant—proposals that support post-award success, to working effectively with personnel in federal granting agencies, participants learn the basics (and the secrets) for success in today’s highly regulated and intensely competitive grants arena. In this Grants 101 eLearning course from Thompson Grants, you will:

  • Learn the difference between grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
  • Consider the interrelationship between the chronological phases in the life of a grant.
  • Learn where to search for grants.
  • Become familiar with typical grant requirements and how they impact applying for and managing Federal grants.
  • Write a realistic “measurable objective” and design realistic deliverables, outputs, and outcomes following a logic model format.
  • Understand the steps a Federal agency takes and the different roles that Federal staff play both before and after issuing a grant award.
  • Learn what questions to ask and how to follow-up after grant submission
This online course is essential for grant recipients, federal agencies, third-party companies and consultants that provide (or want to provide) pre-award or post-award services involving federal grants. All course participants will receive 7 GPCI Credits.

Course Outline 

Module 1: An Introduction to Grants
Module 2: The Grant Lifecycle
Module 3: Grant Legislation
Module 4: Pre-Award Phase
Module 5: The Award Phase
Module 6: The Post Award Phase

Course Availability

You may choose to participate in this course over a 8-week schedule with other students or you can participate at your own pace, which gives you complete control over when and where you choose to engage with the training.

  • Winter Session: January 6 - February 24, 2020 | Enter WINTER at checkout
  • Spring Session: April 6 - May 25, 2020 | Enter SPRING at checkout 
  • Summer Session: July 6 - August 24, 2020 | Enter SUMMER at checkout
  • Fall Session: October 5 - November 23, 2020 | Enter FALL at checkout 
  • On-Demand eLearning: No Promocode needed at checkout


  • Students 1-9: $395 each
  • Students 10-24: $195 each
  • Students 25+: $95 each

Want to place this course on your own LMS?
This course is also available for licensing with unique customization and branding! Additionally, the SCORM compliant format can be uploaded to most major LMS platforms. For inquiries please contact Thompson Client Services at 800-677-3789 or

Meet Your Instructor

Elizabeth GombashElizabeth Gombash is the CEO/Managing Member of G Team Communication, LLC, an education consulting company that provides grant lifecycle support services to higher education clients. Liz is a nationally recognized authority in grant writing and grants management, rooted in over 30 years of practical experience. She has spent most of her grants career working in higher education, most recently retiring as Associate Vice President of Strategic Grants Planning and Development at Seminole State College of Florida, but also having worked as a federal grants management specialist. Grants written by Liz have been funded for over $120 million by numerous federal, state, and private sources, including grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. She has maintained an average annual funding rate of approximately 75% throughout her career. In addition to grant writing and strategic concept development, Liz specializes in developing institutional grants management capacity to keep pace with evolving funder regulations and interpretations relating to internal control systems and compliance. She has delivered numerous training workshops and conference presentations around the country, and written many articles for professional publications. Liz has served as a director on the national boards for the National Grants Management Association and the Council for Resource Development, and currently serves on Thompson Grants’ Editorial Advisory Bo