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Certificate in Proposal Writing - Session V of V
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Certificate in Proposal Writing - Session V of V

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Where: Rollins College, Bush Executive Center
SunTrust Parking Garage
150 East Lyman Avenue
Winter Park, Florida  32789
United States

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A great grant writer is always in demand, so if you enjoy research and writing, love a challenge, or just want to win increased funding for your nonprofit, you’ll want to consider pursuing a Certificate in Proposal Writing. This series offers new and experienced grant writers a comprehensive and concentrated training to strengthen and sharpen grant writing skills for success.

You will receive a step by step process to develop carefully targeted, well-written proposals that make a compelling case for a nonprofit and its mission while steering clear of common grant proposal pitfalls. This series is designed to be interactive through the use of speakers, group discussions, group exercises, and ends with the completion of an actual proposal, which is peer-reviewed and mentor-reviewed.

This is the only course of its kind that affords you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with local funders to hear what they look for in grant applications. During the proposal writing series, prominent area funders speak about funding, proposal writing, and what they look for in a proposal. Some of the past funders included: Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Central Florida Foundation, Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation, United Arts of Central Florida, Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, Massey Services Foundation, SeaWorld Foundation, and Dr. P. Phillips Foundation. 

Be prepared to invest time into this workshop series. In order to receive your Certificate in Proposal Writing, you must complete a finished proposal and attend all five sessions in their entirety.  These requirements are designed for your success as each class builds on the next.

Past participants of our Rollins College Certificate in Proposal Writing series rate it highly: 

This class was a success in so many ways, and I wanted to share the phenomenal news. [...] Dr. Maroon and all our visiting speakers have been instrumental in my growth as a novice grant writer. And the news…I just got  a call from my Executive Director [...] The Foundation sent us a $10,000 check based on my initial email letters and contact. Thank you so much for your mentoring and encouragement.  

I attended some grant writing workshops you held in the past and just got approved for $250,000 for a paramedic home visit program in Seminole County.  I wanted to thank you and your education team.  Very exciting time for us!

Fantastic series!!! Great teacher!!! Great handout materials!!! Quality speakers!!! Great homework assignments!! Good networking!! 

I learned so much I feel encouraged to master the grant writing process for my nonprofit. 

I’m not only becoming better at crafting effective proposals, I am becoming a more powerful writer. 

Wow! Even as an experienced proposal writer, I learned a tremendous amount, and I am excited to implement it in my work.

You will learn with the step by step process to:

  • clearly identify the problem to be solved
  • formulate a concise need statement corroborated by supportive data
  • write a need statement tied to outcome-based evaluation in an engaging story-telling style
  • master creating a proposal budget and narrative text that addresses sustainability
  • capture the grant reviewer's interest
  • write a full proposal with supporting data.

Cost: $750 members, $1,500 non-members. Scholarships may be available for members.

Proposal Writing Dates:
Proposal Writing I - February 23, 2018
Proposal Writing II - 
March 9, 2018
Proposal Writing III -  March 23, 2018
Proposal Writing IV - April 6, 2018
Proposal Writing V - April 27, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


  1. Participants must complete the one prerequisite prior to attending the proposal writing series (Finding Grant Funding).
  2. The series must be completed in order from 1 to 5.
  3. Participants must attend all five sessions.
  4. Participants must submit a fully completed grant proposal. 

The Rollins College Certificate in Proposal Writing is awarded after all 33 hours of the series are completed, a proposal prepared and submitted to the instructor, and all fees are paid. 

Instructor: Bahíyyah Maroon Ph.D.

Dr. Maroon is a nationally recognized change Amplifier and an energetic thought leader. Her work results in organizations and individuals moving up to peak performance levels to achieve optimal strategic outcomes.  As an interdisciplinary social scientist, Dr. Maroon has contributed to educational and social change programs and organizational improvement initiatives that have benefitted the lives of over 20,000 people and myriad organizations throughout the United States.

Dr. Maroon’s keynotes and facilitations infuse scientific insights and inspired engagement methods that have ignited transformative outcomes for people across the country. As a featured TEDx speaker and sought after facilitator, Dr. Maroon makes tangible positive growth accessible to organizations dedicated to improving our world.

Dr. Maroon has contributed her social science expertise and facilitation craftwork to numerous organizations. Included in the agencies she has consulted for in varying capacities are the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration, Intel Corporation, the United States Tennis Association Foundation, the Institute for the Future,  the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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