The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association has been in existence since 2004. The Chapter has approximately 30 active members and meets every other month over the lunch hour for networking and professional development. We welcome you to BE OUR GUEST to learn more about the local chapter and the many benefits of membership including:
- Nashville area chapter meetings offering grants specific education
- Networking opportunities
- Scholarships to GPA national and regional conferences
- Board and committee volunteer opportunities within the Chapter
- Association with the only organization working towards accrediting the profession
- Free participation in GPA webinar series featuring nationally recognized experts in the field
- Community Forum access to other Tennessee and national GPA members
- Notification of upcoming local program events, job opportunities and conferences
- All national level GPA membership benefits as described on this website
In a 2004 meeting at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel to kick off local planning for the 2006 GPA National Conference in Nashville, Bill Smith suggested that pulling off a conference would be easier if chapter members helped with the various responsibilities. The only trouble with that suggestion was that there existed no Tennessee chapter. Joani Sarkiss, incoming GPA Chaptering Committee Chair who was also present at that meeting, challenged Bill to become GPA's first State Representative in Tennessee, and to start a chapter.
In December 2004, Nashville area grants professionals came together to form the Tennessee Chapter. The chapter's first president was Sandra Jordan-Freeman.
In the first two years, the chapter focused on preparations for the national conference. The Host Conference Committee was led by Dr. Bernard Turner, who had championed the idea of a Nashville conference from the beginning. Since that time, several Tennessee Chapter members have gone on to serve on the National Board of Directors including Dr. Turner and Bill Smith. Chapter member Laura Gore served on the inaugural development team that established the national Grant Professionals Certification exam and still manages the eligibility process today.
In 2014, the Tennessee Chapter collaborated with the Mid-State and Arkansas Chapters to offer the Mid-South Regional Conference in Memphis, TN.