8:00 AM08:00

2017 The Author Zone Conference, Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh PA

Katherine will be a presenter for Panel Discussion #1: How to Make a Living Writing from 9:15 am-10:15 am. She will speak on how she balanced writing articles and two books with growing her business as a grant consultant, writer and trainer. Freelance writers might consider the benefits (making money and a meaningful difference in the community) of writing grant proposals, which is described in Grantepreneur(TM): Getting Started in a Grant Career and Business.

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9:30 AM09:30

"Is There a Grant for That?"

  • Squirrel Hill Branch-Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (map)
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There are plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding grants, and confusion about whether there are grants available for individuals to start-up a small business or nonprofit. This presentation will address these issues, and also provide scenarios that prove the exceptions and reinforce the importance of being resourceful in pursuing your plans. We will discuss: (1) differences between grants and other funding options such as loans, contracts, and crowdfunding; (2) how to recognize grant schemes and scams on the Internet; and (3) local resources for getting your plans off the ground.

This free presentation is for anyone who wants to learn more about grants and other funding. Takeaways include PowerPoint notes, start-up plan worksheet, and a resource list for further assistance.

There is no fee to attend. However, space is limited and registration is required by calling the Nonprofit Resource Center at 412.622.6277.

Speaker, Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. is the CEO of Heart Resources, LLC, a grant specialty business that has assisted organizations to raise millions of grant dollars to improve quality of life in Western PA. She has earned national credentials as a grant professional and trainer, and is a frequent presenter for the Nonprofit Resource Center at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Katherine is the author of GrantepreneurTM - a new book about how to start a grant career and business. Learn more about her work at  and

After the presentation, Katherine will sell and sign her book, Grantepreneur(TM): Getting Started in a Grant Career and Business (Red Engine Press, 2016).


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7:00 PM19:00

Grantepreneur Launch Party and Book Signing

Thank you to all friends and colleagues who joined me in the beautiful historic Adult Reading Room at the Carnegie Library of Homestead for a Launch Party and Book Signing to celebrate the release of Grantepreneur(TM): Getting Started in a Grant Career and Business, newly published by Red Engine Press. 

This is my second book and a true "labor of love" since 2008, when I first began teaching about grants. Grantepreneur(TM) is the first full-blown career book for the grants profession with similar topics and approach to career books for other professions on the market. I'm thrilled to have received top endorsements from grant industry leaders, and the book is already selling well nationally through a GrantStation promotion, social media, and word-of-mouth. 

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