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Membership & Benefits
Who We Are

The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) is a nonprofit membership association that builds and supports an international community of grant professionals commited to serving the greater public good.

The Austin-Central Texas Chapter of GPA meets monthly to learn from local grant makers, to continue our professional development, and to discuss issues specific to the grant writing community. Normal meeting times for the Austin Central Texas Chapter are the 1st Thursday of each month during the lunch hour. Each meeting is relaxed and informal, and brown bag lunches are encouraged. Meetings generally include a guest speaker from a grant-making organization or a subject expert in grant management.

Membership Benefits

  • FREE admission to monthly Austin GPA meetings for informative sessions & networking with your grantwriting peers
  • FREE GPA Webinars: Members receive more than 70 “on demand” webinars for FREE! A $2,300 value.
  • Discounted test registration fees for certification. Now offering electronic testing! Visit www.GrantCredential.org
  • FREE membership to GrantStation, a $699 value per year.
  • 10% discount on The Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online
  • SIGs - Special Interest Groups (17) to faciliate consersation and support among grantwriters working in specific areas

Other Member Benefits include selected discounted services, professional services, and offers for GPA members (ex: Community Forum, E&O Professional Liability Insurance, FREE membership to AFI’s GrantNavigator PE, grant management software, and more!). Membership also means being a part of the only national, professional organization that represents the needs and concerns of grant professionals.

How to Join

Please visit the Grant Professionals Association's membership website for online and offline registration and payment options. To join GPA National, the cost is one of the membership levels below, plus $25 in local chapter dues that will be directed to GPA-Austin:
  • $153 for Entry Level Membership (people who have been in the grants profession for less than two years)
  • $209 for Regular Membership
  • $153 for Retiree Membership
  • $87 for Student Membership
  • $50 for Legacy Members

Organizational discount $350+ (for organizations with two or more employees). Membership is given to the organization but the benefits flow down to each individual. Each individual needs to fill out the membership application and mail/fax/email to GPA National with the organization's remittance. The organization is responsible for payment and is required to fit within guidelines. Membership is limited to one year and stays with the organization if an individual transfers.
$209 for first staff member
$350 for two staff
$500 for three staff
$650 for four staff
$150 for each additional staff person over the 4 persons on staff.


A few membership scholarships are available each year. To apply, please download the application below and return it by the deadline.

Additional Information

All are welcome to attend chapter meetings without a membership, but a $20 fee is charged for non-GPA members for regular chapter meetings. Pricing may vary for workshops and special events.

For membership information, please contact:
  • Lorie Barzano, Austin-Central Texas Membership Chair, at lbarzano@bigmentoring.org
  • Kelli Romero, GPA National Membership Director, at (913) 788-3000 or kelli@grantprofessionals.org
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