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Grant writer vs Grant Professional? A discussion with Julie Assel

In this episode, we discuss the definition and broader view of what it means to be a grant professional.


Julie Assel, GPC |

Julie Assel, GPC, is the President/CEO and a Senior Writer for Assel Grant Services. Julie has a varied background in grant writing including writing for school districts of varying sizes, universities, and non-profit organizations. So far, she has written awarded grants totaling more than $145 million since 2003.

Her expertise is in federal level grants with the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency. At the state level, she has successfully written to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Higher Education, and the Missouri Technology Commission among others.

Julie earned the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) in January 2010 from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. The GPC is a certification program that measures an individual’s ability to provide quality grant-related services within an ethical framework. Julie served as the President of the national Grant Professionals Certification Institute Board of Directors from 2018-2020 and is a current board member. She is the past President of the Heart of America GPA Chapter in the Kansas City area and past facilitator for the GPA Consultants Special Interest Group.

She holds a Fundraising Certificate from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, a service and outreach unit of the Department of Public Affairs in the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri Kansas City and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Prior to starting her own business in 2008, she worked as the Grant and Medical Writer/Quality Assurance Officer for Cardiovascular Imaging Technologies and the Coordinator of Grants and Special Projects for the Kansas City Missouri School District. She has also worked as the Grant Writer for KidsTLC (formerly TLC for Children and Families).


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