Lisa Cirincione
Lisa CirincioneSenior Resource Development Associate

Lisa Cirincione, J.D.

Lisa Cirincione has over 20 years of federal and local grantwriting experience and has raised over $180 million in successful grant awards for JVA’s clients. She uses her training as a lawyer to help clients develop proposals that help funders understand the strategic reasons why they should fully fund that grant. Her attention to detail and exceptional writing ability help distill clients’ ideas into compelling proposals. In addition to writing proposals, Lisa is a skilled trainer and teaches JVA’s Write a Grant in a Day training.

JVA Experience

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

  • The Colorado Community College System received a $2 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to train and place students in apprenticeships with Denver’s booming technology industry.
  • Mile High Behavioral Healthcare was selected for a $340,000 Colorado Health Foundation grant to enhance its peer support for individuals recovering from substance use disorders.
  • Denver Public Library received $169,768 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to elevate African Americans’ contributions to settling the American West.
  • Gateway received a $1,297,643 Victims of Crime Act Crime Victim Services grant to support survivors of domestic violence.

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, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice; 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 has volunteered for many nonprofit organizations, including Rosie’s Ranch, 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.


“Lisa is so awesome and one of the nicest people I know. Thanks to her grant writing workshop with JVA, I’ve been able to build on my communication skills in ways that’ve been really practical for me as a research and program evaluator. It’s definitely helped with my confidence and clarity during rapport with clients … like for example, when articulating the types of evaluation methodologies I’ve used to effectively determine which viable solutions are necessary to improve our education system.”

Ana León, Senior Research Analyst at Denver Public Schools

“JVA’s grant writing workshop helped me to understand more accurately what funders are looking for, and how to provide the right kind of information that is relevant and better able to meet their expectations.”

Kris Lindsey, Grants Manager at Volunteers of America

“It (the proposal) literally reads like you are an employee of the district. LOVE IT!”

Sandra Steiner, Director of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness, Westminster Public Schools