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

When: Friday, October 9, 2020
9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Where: Virtual Synchronous Learning Environment
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. It offers a step by step process to develop carefully targeted, well-written proposals that make a compelling case for a nonprofit and its mission. 

The Rollins College Certificate in Proposal Writing is unique in that it will guide you through a step by step proposal-writing process from start to finish, is 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, and Dr. P. Phillips Foundation.

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

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

Great! It made this forbidding subject accessible, understandable, and attainable!

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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. 

(For members, a limited number of scholarships are available per workshop, click here to apply.)


Proposal Writing Dates:
Proposal Writing I - October 9, 2020
Proposal Writing II - October 23, 2020
Proposal Writing III -  November 6, 2020
Proposal Writing IV - November 20, 2020
Proposal Writing V - December 9, 2020

Time: 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 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 the required 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.

Attendance Policy:
You have made a significant investment of time and money to attend this course. Each session is important and related to other sessions in the course. Attendance is taken at each session, and participants must attend all five sessions and stay through the end of each session in order to receive the Certificate in Proposal Writing.

Instructor: Jessa Heisey, CFRE

Jessa Heisey offers 19 years of fundraising and development expertise.  Jessa’s primary knowledge is in board governance, fundraising, proposal writing and event management.  She has served as the Director of Development for both Children’s Home Society in Orlando (CHS) and A Gift for Teaching as well as the role of senior grant writer for CHS.  Jessa also consults with organizations seeking assistance to develop strategic plans to jumpstart their annual fund.

Jessa holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Central Florida, Crummer Management Certificate from Rollins College, Certificate in Fund Development from Indiana University Fundraising School and is a Leadership Orlando Class ‘64 graduate.  She has received the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation. 

She volunteers weekly at Sabal Point Elementary, running a Fellowship of Christian Athletes club with 100+ students, while also teaching monthly art history lessons in the classroom.  In her leisure time she enjoys discovering the next best restaurant in Central Florida and traveling with her husband and two daughters. 

Note: This event will be a virtual synchronous learning environment. After registering, virtual participation instructions will be sent to you.

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