About NGMA



The National Grants Management Association (NGMA) supports over 4,000 professionals across grants management, including supervisory, support, accounting and compliance roles. NGMA provides the education, resources, community and support professionals need to understand grants management guidance; advance professionally and personally; and expand their network.

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


  • 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
  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 government
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Private industry
  • Consulting firms

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



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 Training
    The Grants Management Body of Knowledge (GMBoK) Guide is a fundamental resource for all grants professionals that covers every step a grant lifecycle. It may be purchased on its own or is included in training registration. NGMA offers GMBoK training, a two-day course that uses the Guide as a training tool, providing in-depth information to help attendees understand and successfully navigate a grant from pre-award to post-project auditing. Two trainings are offered per year: one in-person (Spring) and one virtual training (Fall). Private group sessions are also available.

  • Annual Grants Training (AGT)
    Multi-day, in-person training event with keynote speakers, discussion panels, breakout sessions, CAPP Expo & Federal Foyer and more. Registration is open for 2023 AGT: April 10-13, 2023 (Washington, D.C.)

  • Virtual Forums
    In 2022, NGMA hosted its first Virtual Forums. New Grants Managers Forum was a 1/2-day event that covered basic-level information and a live Q&A session for new grants professionals (less than three years of experience). Infrastructure & Audits Forum was a two-day event that covered top compliance concerns; guidance on how to obtain and manage federal infrastructure funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL); infrastructure monitoring programs; what auditors look for; and more. Stay tuned for information on 2023 Virtual Fall Forums. 


Advance your career with NGMA. Cement yourself as an expert in the grants management field through education, the CGMS designation 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
    As you continue to gain experience and solidify your professional reputation, find your ideal role in grants management. The Job Board has hundreds of postings featuring open positions nationwide specific to grants management. The Job Board is also a great place to take note of the experience and skillsets other organizations are seeking when filling their open roles. 

  • Additional Growth Opportunities
    NGMA has 30 Corporate Alliance Partnership Program (CAPP) partners: companies that provide products and services to grants 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!


NGMA membership consists of more than 3,800 grants professionals nationwide. Connect with other grants professionals near and far, build lifelong relationships and help each other grow in your careers.

  • NGMA Network (message board)
    Our online community of grants professionals is an ideal place to share information and get to know fellow members. Pose questions, share knowledge, find study groups and mentors, comment on current grants management trends and more. Begin building your network here; you will likely end up building lasting connections.

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

  • Member Volunteer Opportunities
    NGMA offers members numerous opportunities to serve in leadership positions. Members are encouraged to serve on member committees, such as Education or Membership, as chapter chairs, CGMS subject matter experts (SMEs) and more. These are great ways to meet and regularly interact with other members, NGMA leadership and staff. 
    Additionally, NGMA welcomes members to share their journey in grants management, which NGMA will spotlight in publications and social media. Personal stories resonate with and encourage other members!





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.