A common question on grant applications is “How will you sustain this program after the grant funding is over?” Many grant writers will want to answer glibly, “Write more grants, of course!” But, what should you really include in your answer about a sustainability plan?  

In this webinar, presenter Julie Assel, GPC guides participants through the major components of the sustainability question.  In addition to learning how to provide an honest answer to this question, this session highlights all the things you can tell funders about program sustainability beyond finances; such as alignment with your strategic plan, staffing plans or challenges, and alignment to the needs of the community.  You’ll also learn how to develop a more complete answer to financial sustainability that demonstrates how your organization manages fundraising for long-term program sustainability and growth.

What Youll Learn:

  • Learn the most common mistakes when writing about sustainability
  • Learn connections between specific grant proposal requirements and sustainability 
  • Learn factors impacting your organization’s sustainability plan 
  • Learn the connection between awareness, education and advocacy and sustainability 
  • Learn how to share your comprehensive development plan


This training aligns with the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s Competencies and Skills and is approved for 1.5 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Full participation in this training is also applicable for 1.5 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

GPC Competencies:
Competency 1:   Knowledge of how to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs

  • Skill 1:  Identify major trends in public funding and public policy.

Competency 4:  Knowledge of how to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application

  • Skill 1:  Interpret grant application request for proposal (RFP) guidelines and requirements (e.g., abstracts and summaries, problem statements and needs assessments, introductions of organizations and capability statements, references and past performance requirements, timelines, narrative formats, budget formats, standard forms and assurances, scoring rubrics) to ensure high quality responses.   
  • Skill 2:  Interpret grant application request for proposal (RFP) guidelines and requirements to ensure high quality responses.  
  • Skill 5:  Identify appropriate, sequential, consistent, and logical presentations of grant-narrative elements and ideas and or within proposal components.  
  • Skill 6:  Identify proposal-writing approaches, styles, tones, and formats appropriate for proposing organizations and various audiences.

Target Audience:
Development Directors, Grant Writers, Program Managers, Executive Directors, Fundraising Coordinators, Grant Administrators, Grant Coordinators, Grant Proposal Managers, Program Coordinators, Program Directors, Program Managers, Project Managers

Level of Experience: Intermediate/Advanced

Length: 77:56

Presented By:  Julie Assel, GPC, President/CEO Assel Grant Services

Julie Assel founded Assel Grant Services in 2007 and has over fifteen years of experience in grant writing, research, and management. She has written and reviewed numerous federal, foundation, corporation, and local grants focused on education, healthcare, STEM, mental health, substance abuse, homeless outreach, human services, and small business. She is a Grant Professional Association Approved Trainer, and currently serves as the President of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute's board of directors. Julie has successfully secured over $144 million in grant funding over since 2003.

Course curriculum

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    Demonstrating Sustainability in Your Grant Writing

    • Welcome: Let's Get Started