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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. How many members are currently active in GPA?

2. What types of membership do you have?
GPA has five types of memberships: Professional, Entry-Level, Student, Legacy, and Retiree. 
Professional membership is the most popular. This dues rate is mainly for the persons that do not fall into the below membership dues rates.
Entry Level membership is a category for persons who have been in the grants profession for two years or less. Membership in this category is limited to one year. After one year, the member will be moved to the Professional membership category and pay the appropriate dues at their renewal date in order to stay in good standing with GPA. Entry Level members are eligible to run for a position on the GPA Board of Directors, vote, volunteer and receive full member benefits. Individuals who join GPA as an Entry Level member may be audited to verify membership eligibility in this category, documentation in the form of a resume and/or letter from your employer may be requested by GPA Headquarters to certify that you are eligible for this membership type.
Student membership is available for persons who are enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at a college or university (12 credit hours) or who are enrolled in a graduate program (9 credit hours). Documentation of the enrollment must be submitted with the membership application.

Retiree membership is a category for persons who have been a member of GPA for two years prior to becoming a retiree member. The member cannot be working as a grant professional in any capacity.

Legacy membership is only available to those who have joined GPA prior to December, 1999. Individuals must keep their Legacy membership current to receive the Legacy membership rate.

To view more information on each membership, visit the membership page.

3. Why should I become a member of GPA?
You should join GPA to help advance your career, increase your knowledge in the profession, connect with other grant professionals, and become a part of a growing association based on a Code of Ethics. Other reasons are to obtain discounts on our conferences and trainings, our member benefits, local chapters, and the deep discounts on online search engines and grant management software programs.

4. How do I become a member of GPA?
Click here to be taken to the information on becoming a member. Follow the instructions for paying online or by fax/mail.

5. How much does it cost to join GPA?
Each membership has a different dues rate. To see the most current pricing, click here.

6. Is an annual membership based on a calendar year?
No. If you join GPA on March 14th, your membership will be active for one year. Your membership would expire on March 31st the following year.


7. What are your office hours?
GPA Headquaters is open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm CST. Headquarters is closed for major US holidays.

8. Is your online member network secure?
Yes. Our online payment system and online website is 100% secure. If you do not wish to submit your payment online, please feel free to call Headquarters at 913-788-3000 for assistance.


9. Are membership dues tax deductible?
GPA is a 501(c)(6) corporation. Membership dues are not tax deductible under the 501(c)(3) rulings. The cost of professional association membership dues are a business expense and could be deductible on an individual’s tax return. Persons should contact their tax advisor for further clarification.

10. I forgot my password. How do I reset it?
To reset your password, you may:
a.) Go to the "Forgot Your Password" link on the homepage of the GPA website. It will prompt you to reset your password.
b.) Call GPA Headquarters to request your password to be reset.


11. My email address just changed. How do I update my records?
You can update your official GPA member contact information yourself. Here's how: Once logged in, go to the Account + Settings tab under your profile information at the top right of your screen. This will bring up your profile where you can edit your information and update/change your password.

12. I've left my current position and will begin work at another organization. Can I keep my membership?
Yes. Your GPA membership follows you through your renewal date wherever the wind takes you. When you begin your new position, please update your membership record by following the directions in number 11 above.

13. Another GPA member on staff has left the organization. Can we transfer the membership to our new staff person?
No. GPA is an individual membership association, not a trade association. Our memberships are non-transferrable and non-refundable. When a member leaves an organization, even if an organization paid for the membership, it remains with the designated member.

14. What are your membership benefits?
We offer a multitude of membership benefits with deep discounts on products that are beneficial to grant professionals. We provide weekly updates on emerging issues in the grants industry. If you have any questions about any of the benefits, please feel free to contact Kelli Romero, GPA Membership Director at or 913-788-3000 ext. 103.


15. Do you offer any membership discounts?
GPA provides a discount for organizations that have two or more members who join. Memberships are on an individual basis. Each Professional member will need make sure that their organization name in their record matches their colleague's organization's name (otherwise the discount code won't be accepted) and enter the discount code ORG2020 to bring the membership rate down to $180 per person. 


We also provide a discount for individuals that are AmeriCorps VISTAs. Contact Kelli Romero, GPA Membership Director at to obtain the promotional code and instructions to join.


16.  I would like to hire a grant consultant. How do I find one in my area?
A section of our site is dedicated to help you locate consultants who could assist you. Please visit the Find a Consultant page on this website. On this page, you can easily click on the speciality you would like to locate a consultant.


17. I have a question that hasn’t been addressed by your FAQ. Whom can I contact?
For membership, sponsorships/exhibiting, or benefit questions, contact the GPA Membership Director, Kelli Romero at

For payments, accounting, invoicing and or billing questions, contact Leesa Whitson, GPA Administrative Assistant at

For event information, webinar information, or annual conference information, or if you would like to volunteer with the association, contact Barb Boggs, GPA Event and  Volunteer Manager at

For all chapter-related questions, including chapter memberships, etc., contact Shelley Wales, GPA Chapter Relations Manager at


For media, PR, or advertising questions, contact Liz DiSalvo at

You may also call GPA Headquarters at 913-788-3000.