Lisa Cirincione, J.D.
Lisa Cirincione, J.D.Senior Resource Development Associate

Lisa Cirincione, J.D.

Lisa Cirincione has over 19 years of federal and local grantwriting experience and has raised over $146 million in successful grant awards for JVA’s clients. She uses her training as a lawyer to help clients develop strategic arguments for why they should win a given grant. Her attention to detail and exceptional writing ability help distill clients’ ideas into compelling proposals. Lisa also consults with clients to help them develop a competitive “theory of the grant” and provides feedback on proposals they write.

JVA Experience

Examples of Lisa’s recent successful grants include the following:

  • Denver Department of Public Health and Environment was awarded a $375,000, three-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Mental Health Awareness Training grant to fund DenverStrong, which will train individuals to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, teach them crisis de-escalation and educate them about mental health providers.
  • Mile High Behavioral Healthcare was selected for a $999,984 U.S. Department of Justice grant to fund the Treatment, Empowerment, Community Help program to prevent recidivism among 400 males ages 18–30 by supporting them with pre- and post-release services.
  • Asian Pacific Development Center was chosen to receive a Colorado Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to provide out-of-school-time services to students attending Aurora Central High School.

Lisa has written winning grant proposals to the U.S. Departments of Labor, Veterans Affairs, Education, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services; the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment; as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and many national and local foundations.


Lisa received a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science from the University of Colorado.

Community Involvement

Lisa volunteers at Rosie’s Ranch, a therapeutic environment where children, with and without special needs, are able to connect with an equine partner and each other, under the guidance of qualified staff, building self-confidence, literacy and language skills through educational and equine- assisted activities. She has also volunteered for many nonprofit organizations, including the Denver Dumb Friends League, the Colorado Riders Club, Praying Hands Ranch and Grant Farms.

Fun Fact

Lisa has earned the title of Ironman and enjoys an active lifestyle of cycling, running, swimming, hiking and yoga classes.


Lisa is a JVA trainer for Write a Grant in a Day and How to Write and Secure Federal Grants.


Congratulations, Lisa! What a talent you have…and especially for all that good that’s coming from it…you must feel
so good.

Senator Linda Newell