Public Health & Health Services Administration

John Cannan, B.A.


John Cannan teaches three grant writing classes (PHHA-579w) at California State University, Chico and has been a member of the faculty since 1998.  John has been a grant professional for more than 25 years and has extensive experience securing and managing grants from government sources, private foundations, and corporations.  Topics include health, conservation, emergency services, economic development, water resources, recreation, domestic violence prevention, and social services.  He is no doubt one of the busiest grant trainers in the nation.  For 15 years he averaged about 50 trips a year to conduct two-day courses on grant writing, grant management, and nonprofit basics.  He has taught in 49 states – all but Vermont – and has led classes with more than 20,000 people.  He was the Foundation Director of the Emergency Services Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provided equipment and training to emergency response organizations in Northern California from 1998 through 2014.  Each year he co-writes several major grants with municipalities and nonprofits.  In the past several years has been busy helping organizations create grant management policy and procedure manuals to ensure compliance with new federal grant rules that are implemented through 2 CFR 200, also known as the “Uniform Grant Guidance.” He is a life-long Californian.  His two favorite states besides California are Alaska, where he has fished about 25 times, and Florida, especially the Florida Keys, where he, his wife Diane, and his two sons go scuba diving.

Portrait of John Cannan, B.A.