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The Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing fundraising and philanthropy in the lower Hudson Valley through the advancement of grantsmanship. We build and support the non-profit community by providing grant writing educational enrichment, advocacy, networking, professional development, and support for grant seekers and grant writing professionals. 


  • Increase grant writers’ knowledge of grant writing terminology, techniques, strategies and resources.
  • Provide nonprofit organizations with the answers to their grant writing questions and  help them find qualified grant professionals.
  • Help grant writers and non-profit professionals stay connected to grant writing best practices and industry news.
  • Encourage grant writers to practice their profession with the highest ethical standards: integrity, honesty and truthfulness.
  • Encourage increased grant donations to the nonprofits in the lower Hudson Valley.


Founded in 2008, the Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson is a nonprofit grant writing education and advocacy organization operating in the lower Hudson Valley whose mission is to provide educational opportunities for those involved or interested in the fields of fundraising, specifically grant writing; promote high ethical grant writing standards; and raise public awareness and interest in philanthropy and charitable giving.

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  Association with region's premier grant writing education organization.

  Seasoned professionals to answer your grant writing questions and provide guidance.

  Attendance at quarterly educational meetings and largest listing of grant writing jobs and consulting opportunities.


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Photos of our members at recent Grant Professional of Lower Hudson events.

Upcoming events

    • 06/24/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (EDT)
    • via Zoom

    Grant Prospect Research: Finding Grants 

    Speaker: Lydia Howie, MS, GPC. 

    Grant Strategist and President, Howie Marketing & Consulting

    GPLH Founding President and 2021 Fundraising Chair

    As grant writers we know that 25% of the grant writing process can be spent on searching for good funding potentials. It is not uncommon to review 10-15 opportunities before we find one viable foundation or corporate funder.

    Lydia researches a minimum of 2 hours daily and in this webinar she will share her secrets for finding and vetting foundation, corporate, and other grant potentials. She will share her knowledge of popular grant seeking databases (e.g., Foundation Center Online, Instrumental, Grant Watch, Grant Station) and her favorite Grant Alerts (RFP e-blasts) that promote current RFPs. She will provide other funding opportunities to consider (e.g., local companies, United Way, service clubs, fraternal associations, trade associations, faith-based orgs). Plus, she will provide tips on how best to vet a funding source, increasing your likelihood of receiving funding. Attendees will receive a handy “Vetting Checklist.”    

    About Lydia Howie, MS, GPC

    Lydia Howie has been a grants consultant since 1999. Prior, she was Director of the Association of Development Officers, Executive Director of The Volunteer Center of Westchester, and Marketing Director of Jefferson Valley Mall. She has raised over $40 million dollars for her clients who represent dozens of missions. She possesses an M.S. in Marketing Communications from Iona College, B.A. in Communication Arts from the College of New Rochelle, and a Grant Professional Certification (GPC) from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. She founded the Grants Professionals of Lower Hudson in 2008.  Ms. Howie has received numerous awards and recognition including Presidential Award for a Desert Storm fundraiser; the Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley’s first Corporate Service Award; Association of Development Officers’ 2007 Peter J. Gallagher Award for Leadership & Service; and the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s 2019 Pauline G. Annarino Award, the grant writing industry’s highest national honor for impact on the grant writing industry and profession


    • 11:45 AM: Announcements & Networking
    • 12 - 1:15 PM: Program


    • Non-members: $25
    • Members: FREE! Join GPLH today and attend this event for free!
    • 07/07/2021
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • virtual

    Don't miss our Summer 

    GPLH Grant Connections Call, Wednesday, July 7 at 9:30am.

    This is a Members-Only Benefit.

    Questions about the upcoming CFA application? Ask your colleagues for advice!

    Every other month we host a 60-minute members-only Zoom meeting. Join from your home, car, or office. Stay on as long as you like -- from 5 to 60 minutes.
    Ask questions, share industry news, and listen and learn.  We support each other!

    These calls are informal meetings, an open forum where you can ask questions, get advice from your peers, vent frustrations, support one another, and share what trends we are seeing: In short, help each other Win More Grants!


    Zoom link will be sent the day before the call.

    To submit questions ahead of time, send to info.gplh@gmail.com.

    Warm regards,

    Alison Paul and Nancy Keane


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