About NGMA

 

 

The National Grants Management Association (NGMA) supports more than 5,500 professionals across grants management, including supervisory, support, accounting and compliance roles. NGMA provides the education, resources, community and support that professionals need to understand grants management guidance; advance professionally and personally; and expand their network.

NGMA MISSION: To cultivate a community of excellence in grants management through education, certification, integrity and professional connections.

IF YOU'RE READY TO JOIN, GET STARTED HERE!

 
  THE VALUE OF NGMA MEMBERSHIP  
 

NGMA offers education, professional development and a networking community to help members elevate their grants management careers. LEARN, GROW and CONNECT with us!

 
 

EDUCATION/TRAINING

The Uniform Guidance of grants management covers a lot of information and changes are made to it on a regular basis. NGMA helps members keep up with the latest information, learn best practices and remain compliant through virtual and in-person education and training from proven experts in the field. Education and training opportunities include:

  • Monthly Webinars
    Our 60- to 90-minute monthly webinars cover the latest hot topics in grants management and are free to members. Through regular attendance, members may earn up to 10 CPEs per year free of charge (a nearly $500 value).

    Missed a live webinar? Access to our library of past webinars is included in your membership. 

  • GMBoK Guide and GMBoK Training
    GMBoK Guide - The Grants Management Body of Knowledge (GMBoK) Guide is a fundamental resource for all grants management professionals that covers every step a grant lifecycle. It may be purchased on its own or is included in the GMBoK Training registration fee. 

    GMBoK Training is a two-day course that uses the GMBoK Guide as a training tool. The training provides in-depth information to help attendees understand and successfully navigate a grant from pre-award to post-project auditing. NGMA offers three trainings per year: one in-person and two virtual trainings. Private virtual group trainings are also available for groups of 25+.
    (Contact [email protected] for more information about private training.)

    Next GMBoK Training: September 10-11, 2024 (Virtual)

    Note: "GMBoK" is pronounced "Gee-Em-Bock." :)

  • Annual Grants Training (AGT)
    AGT is our biggest in-person training of the year. This multi-day event features keynote speakers, plenary panels, 50+ breakout sessions, CAPP Expo, sector meetings and plenty of networking opportunities.

    2025 AGT | March 12-14, 2025 | Washington, D.C. 

  • Virtual Forum
    NGMA offers an annual, full-day Virtual Fall Forum on timely grants management topics. (Held every October.) Forum agenda topics have included New Grants ManagersInfrastructure and Audits.

View our Events & Trainings page for a full list of upcoming events. 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Advance your career with NGMA. Cement yourself as an expert in the grants management field through education, the CGMS program and involvement in the NGMA community. Be active in your membership and gain the expertise and the contact base you need to help you thrive in your industry.

  • CGMS
    Consider becoming a CGMS Certified Grants Management Specialist, a designation that showcases your expertise in managing a grant from beginning to end. Earning this credential is formal recognition of mastery of the full grants management lifecycle. It shows commitment to professional development and identifies grants leaders. Be a grants management standout and become a valuable resource to your colleagues and your community as a CGMS.

  • NGMA Job Board
    Job seekers: As you continue to gain experience and solidify your professional reputation, find your ideal role in grants management. The Job Board features open positions nationwide that are specific to grants management. Members: Post your resume free of charge!

    Employers: Members may post job openings and browse candidate resumes at no charge. 
    The Job Board is also a great place to take note of the experience and skillsets other organizations are seeking when filling your open roles. 

  • Additional Growth Opportunities
    NGMA has more than 40 Corporate Alliance Partnership Program (CAPP) partners: companies that provide products and services beneficial to grants management professionals. Our CAPP partners support NGMA's mission by offering continuing education and training, best practices resources and networking opportunities to our members. Take advantage of these valuable resources!

COMMUNITY

NGMA membership consists of more than 5,500 professionals working across grants management, located around the U.S. and internationally. Connect with other grants professionals near and far, build lifelong relationships and help each other grow in your careers.

  • NGMA Community Forum (member login required)
    Our online community of grants professionals is an ideal place to share information and get to know other members. Pose questions, share information, comment on current grants management trends, connect with fellow sector and chapter members and more. Build your network here; you will likely end up creating lasting connections!

  • Chapters
    Find and connect with other grants management professionals in your region through an NGMA Chapter. Local chapters periodically host virtual and/or in-person educational presentations, meetings and networking events.

  • Member Volunteer Opportunities (member login required)
    NGMA offers numerous opportunities for members to volunteer their time and knowledge on short-term special projects or serve in leadership positions. Member volunteer opportunities include:

    - Short-term workforce development projects to assist the grants management community.
    - Long-term roles include serving on member committees (ex: Education Committee or CGMS Certification Council).
    - Serving as a local chapter leader.
      (Leadership roles include: Chair | Vice Chair | Communications Chair | Membership Chair)
    - Serving as a subject matter expert (SME).
    - Submitting an article for publication on the NGMA Blog

    Volunteering is a great way to meet and regularly interact with other members, NGMA leadership and staff and to work on your personal and professional development.

    Additional engagement opportunity: Members are encouraged to
    share their journey in grants management by completing this brief questionnaire. With your permission, NGMA will spotlight your story in publications and/or social media. Personal stories resonate with and encourage other members!

 
  WHO BELONGS TO NGMA?  
  • Grants Management Specialists
  • Grants Management Officers
  • Grants Coordinators
  • Grants Developers
  • Grants Administrators
  • Grants Compliance Managers & Officers
  • Grantees
  • Grants Policy Analysts
  • Chiefs of Grants
  • Directors of Sponsored Programs
  • Budget Analysts
  • Financial Managers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Specialists
  • Financial Administrators
  • Procurement Officers
  • Fiscal Officers
  • Program Officers
  TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTED BY NGMA MEMBERS  
  Representatives from all levels of government and in the private sector belong to NGMA. Our members work for:  
  • Federal government agencies
  • State government agencies
  • Local government agencies
  • Tribal governments
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Institutions of higher education
  • K-12 schools
  • Consulting firms

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NGMA is not a grant-making organization and does not award grants.

To find the information necessary to apply for a federal grant, visit the System for Award Management (SAM) website. SAM provides a short summary of each grant program and contact information for grant-making federal agencies. For more information on grant opportunities, visit www.grants.gov. Grants.gov enables organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies.