US grant organisation's push to boost grants management professionals

Posted on 26 Jun 2019

By Matthew Schulz, journalist, Our Community

If you don't know about PEAK Grantmaking's Grants Management Professional Competency Model, you probably should.

The membership-based US association dedicated to improving the professionalism of grantmakers continues to finetune its excellent model, a resource that's free to all grantmakers.

While aimed at a US audience, and based on US laws and compliance measures, the online resource is well worth examining in conjunction with the resources you'll find on our website.

The Grants Management Professional Competency Model breaks down many of the grantmaking processes into core competencies.

As PEAK Grantmaking describes it, the tool "defines the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of grants management professionals, regardless of their area of specialization, the size of their organization, or their role within the field. By identifying both the functional responsibilities and the knowledge needed for success in every area of grants management, the competencies provide a comprehensive look at the profession."

PEAK developed the model with the help of a taskforce of professionals, incorporated the feedback of focus groups and a survey and sought the help of experts in competency development.

The resource tracks grantmaking across three main "phases", but also shows a series of competencies that may be required to help achieve best practice, from communications to technology management.

PEAK suggests using the model to learn what being excellent in your role could look like. It says the model provides a road map for professional development, and highlights some of the competencies required for success across the profession.


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