Skip to main content

Grantseeking in 2021: Tips & Trends

Download your GPC CEU certificate of completion here!

For your convenience, you can download the presentation slides here and additional resources here.

COVID-19 and all that 2020 brought us has transformed the landscape of funding, both on the private and public sides of funding. What should we keep doing? What should we approach in a new way? Experienced grantseekers across different sectors of nonprofit and government agencies share their plans, tips and advice for grantseeking in 2021.

This panel of seasoned grantseekers are from the following industries:

  • Human Services
  • Health
  • Local Government
  • Education
  • Arts and Culture

Grantseekers, grant consultants, nonprofit leaders, board members, and program managers of all experience levels can benefit from this session.

To continue the conversation from the session, check out this discussion on Compass - A Foundant Community.


Jo-Ann Lawrence, GPC
Jo-Ann is a non-profit professional with experience in the theatre, ballet, and museums as well as healthcare, foster care, early education and disability services. Her expertise lies in grant writing, grants training, grant making, annual funds, board management, strategic planning, capital campaigns and program creation/management. Lawrence has managed two African-American historical theatres, run a city-wide arts education program, managed a healthcare grant making program and created programming for youth (arts, sports, life skills). During COVID-19, Lawrence has focused all her attention on resources that fund science, healthcare and vulnerable youth. Lawrence graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Arts Administration and Columbia College Chicago with a M.A. in Performing Arts Management.

Olivia Smith-Daugherty, GPC
Olivia has worn many different hats in the field of Education since graduating from college including a science teacher, Title I Coordinator, and Program Coordinator and oversight for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants at 25+ schools. Olivia is now the Executive Director of Grants for Pasadena Independent School District. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas State University and a Master’s degree in Administration from Lamar University. She earned her Grant Professional Certified designation from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute in October, 2013. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Grant Professionals Foundation.

Pat Duboise, GPC
Pat has more than twenty years of grantsmanship experience in the areas of health, human services, and the arts. Since 2003, she has worked with Mercy Care Foundation, the fundraising entity for Saint Joseph's Health System, where she is responsible for securing and managing grants for Mercy Care. As Director of Grants, she manages a portfolio of more than $8 million in government, foundation and corporate grants. Pat is a graduate of Georgia State University and an active member of both the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and the Georgia Grant Professionals Association (GGPA).

Kimberly Hays de Muga
Kimberly is the cohost of the Fundraising HayDay podcast, successful grant writer, fundraiser, and national speaker and trainer. She has more than 22 years of fundraising and grantseeking experience focused on health and human service nonprofits, from hospitals to food banks to programs supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. Her passion is coaching and training nonprofits and funders toward successful fundraising that better serves their communities. Kimberly is co-author of "Preparing for the GPC Exam: Earn Your Grant Professional Certified Credential," and is a Board Member of the Grant Professionals Association. She also writes young adult fiction and drinks lots of tea.

Amanda Day, GPC
Amanda is a Grant Writing USA trainer and former municipal grants administrator turned consultant with 17 years’ experience. She’s the Fundraising HayDay Podcast co-host and Board Member of the Grant Professionals Association. Amanda is a total book nerd, grant geek, and music lover. Follow her and her podcast on Twitter: @wholewheatgirl & @fundinghayday

About the Author

Amanda Day and Kimberly Hays de Muga are co-creators and co-hosts of Fundraising HayDay, a podcast about grants, fundraising, and such. Season 1, complete with 14 episodes, is currently available on iTunes and Listen for free and follow the podcast on Twitter @fundinghayday. To read Amanda's full bio, visit To read Kimberly's full bio, visit

Profile Photo of Fundraising HayDay