Grant Writing Trainings

Our training team is made up of 4 GPA approved trainers, out of the 33 total, and is excited to help your organization by strengthening your grant readiness and enhancing your grant writing skills and practices to increase your chances of securing grant funding.

We offer a variation of ALL listed topics as  1-hour or 90-minute webinars, ½ or full day in-person workshops, and multi-day mastermind classes.

To get started, select one of our topics or schedule a time to discuss customizing a topic of your choice.

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Professionals Trained since 2014

Upcoming Beginner Sessions

Participating in “Mastering the Critical 1st Step for Grants: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)” will give you the basic steps necessary to successfully write a compelling letter of inquiry whether in a limited online form, two page hard copy letter, or anything in between.

Join this nonprofit training on how to write grants for nonprofits, and learn the tools to write the best LOI you can write, so you can take your nonprofit organization on the right way of the application process for nonprofit grants!

Register for Mastering the Critical 1st Step for Grants: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

In this live, interactive nonprofit training course we will look at the steps necessary to write a grant budget that regardless of the form provided will tell the complete story of your grant proposal. During the webinar, we will walk through each step of creating a budget. We will look at numerous budget form examples to discuss how the specific form helps tell your application’s story.

Participating in this grant writing course will give you the basic steps necessary to successfully write a consistent and compelling budget that tells your proposal’s story. Learn effective grant writing strategies and become a better grant writer!

Register for How to Write a Grant Budget That Tells (and sells) Your Application’s Story

Writing grants is not just about the words you use, or the statistics you utilize. It is is a complicated combination of factors to engage your grantmakers so that they say “Yes!” and you win the grant award for your organization.

Participating in “Grant Writing 101: How to Write a Grant That Wins!” will provide you with the basic knowledge and understanding of what elements go into a successful nonprofit grant application once you have identified an opportunity you want to apply for.

Register for Grant Writing For Nonprofits 101: How to Write a Grant That Wins!

Upcoming Intermediate Sessions

This in-depth, easy to understand, grant training gives you a broad overview of the grant process, including assessing grant readiness, conducting federal grant research, collaborating with partners, and developing budgets and work plans.

Learn More About Grant Writing Boot Camp

In this live, interactive nonprofit development webinar we will teach you how to go beyond putting together a grant application. We will teach you how to customize each proposal to include a compelling need statement and related SMART objectives to engage the grantmakers reading your proposals – the most effective grant writing approach!

Register for Grant Writing 201: Making Your Grant Application Stand Out

Upcoming Free Webinars

Upcoming Free GPA Chapter Webinars

DH Leonard Consulting offers 15 FREE GPA Chapter webinars as a Business Alliance Member of the GPA. If you wish to schedule one of these trainings for your Chapter, please reach out to Megan at

Do you feel the pressure to write more applications each year? Yet with the same capacity for yourself and your team? We’ll walk through a strategy for expanding your grant seeking strategy in an organization while keeping your individual and team capacity front and center to ensure your work pace is sustainable.

Trainers: Diane H. Leonard, GPC, RST


*If you have scheduled a GPA Chapter webinar with our team and wish to be included on our upcoming list please reach out to Megan at

On Demand Webinars

In this one-hour recorded webinar, you will learn the basics of grant writing including what the life cycle of the grant seeking process is. Dig in and strengthen your understanding of grant writing with this brand-new webinar.

You will learn about:

  • Grant Readiness,
  • Grant research,
  • Grantmaker relationships,
  • Grant wRiting, and
  • Reporting

Our Trainers

Grant Writer

Amy Bonn

GPA Approved Trainer
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Diane H Leonard, GPC, RST

GPA Approved Trainer, Scrum Trainer by Scrum Inc

Jasmine Markanday, MBA

GPA Approved Trainer

Julie Paynotta

GPA Approved Trainer
Grant Writer

Bethany Planton, GPC

GPA Approved Trainer

Where We've Trained

Are you a part of our map yet? Book your training today! 

"Great webinar! Diane was extremely knowledgeable about Federal grants and presented the information with clear, easy to understand visuals."
Federal Grants 101
Securing Millions for Your Organization
"While I have submitted scores of private grant proposals over 10 years in the non-profit field and more local government proposals recently, federal opportunities still give me pause. I have only submitted one myself. This webinar has given me more confidence and tools to use in my next opportunity."
Federal Grants 201
How to Feel Confident and Competitive as You Click Submit
"Diane led a terrific custom webinar, "Grant Budgets that Tell a Story" for our Grant Professional of Lower Hudson members. The information presented was thorough and covered many different grant application budget formats and budget topics. Diane provided useful tips about how to design a budget that will lead to grant success. We especially liked Diane's references to actual organizations and how their budgets were constructed. Diane is a warm and engaging speaker and we would love to have her back again soon!"
Joanne Stewart, GPLH
Consultant for Nonprofits, Foundations and Corporate Citizenship programs at goodworks advisory group, llc
"As someone who teaches part-time, I recognize a natural born instructor when I see one. Diane is such an amazing instructor--a gift that not many possess. She is very knowledgeable, welcomes questions ( seamlessly working them into her lessons) and prepares a flexible curriculum that allows her to switch to topics relevant to her audience/class. However, the best thing about Diane is her passion for her work and her very dynamic nature. Her energy and attitude are contagious and, she makes you think about grants differently. I have taken Basic and Intermediate courses with Diane and she has a consistent teaching style across courses, which I love. I hope to have another opportunity to work with Diane! I can't say enough good things about her. Thanks so much Diane for making me a better grant professional"
Rachel Davis, MPH
Project Manager, Social Determinants of Health Survey Bureau of Epidemiology Services | Surveys and Data Analysis Unit NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
"This is the most engaging webinar I have participated in yet! I really enjoyed that the content was presented in a digestible manner."
How to Master Nonprofit Grants
Strategy, Calendars. and Teams.
"The presenter does an excellent job of merging those in the starting/beginning phases of forming a grant team with those further along. The most engaging webinar I've ever participated in."
How to Master Nonprofit Grants
Strategy, Calendars. and Teams.
How to Think Like a Reviewer
Diane Leonard conducted an amazing webinar for our GPA chapter titled "Think Like a Reviewer." The material was easy to follow, but introduced new strategies that beginners and veteran grant professionals could implement almost immediately. Diane structured the presentation so it was interactive and caused the audience to think. I look forward to her presenting to our chapter again in the future.
Ashaki Sorrell
GPA Michigan, Chapter Secretary