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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, December 8, 2017
9 a.m. - 4 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. 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:

The grant proposal for $5000 I developed and wrote in the Certificate in Proposal Writing Course was funded, that was a tenfold return on my tuition investment. It was the best $500 my nonprofit ever spent and what I have learned has paid off.
- Michael Cantillo, Development Director, Children’s Home Society, Central Florida

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.

Three-ring binder of Power Point presentations and materials, exercises, samples of effective proposals, resource list, and the textbook, Winning Grants Step by Step by Tori O'Neal-McElrath.

You will learn with the step by step process:

  • 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: $650 members, $1,300 non-members. Scholarships may be available for members.

Proposal Writing Dates:
Proposal Writing I - October 6, 2017
Proposal Writing II - 
October 20, 2017
Proposal Writing III -  November 3, 2017
Proposal Writing IV - November 17, 2017
Proposal Writing V - December 8, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Complimentary coffee and beverage service is provided throughout the day. Breakfast bars in the morning and a light snack in the afternoon are also provided. You have a one hour lunch (not provided) break each day and will be given a list of restaurants within walking distance.


  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 each session in order to receive the Certificate in Proposal Writing.

Instructor: Terri Chastain, CFRE Consultant

Terri Chastain, CFRE, is a fundraising and training consultant for the Rollins College Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. She has over 25 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations, including serving as Development Director for the Adult Literacy League and UCP of Central Florida. Her experience includes major gifts; training & management of staff, board, and volunteers; foundation & corporate support; annual fund; special events; and in-kind support, as well as direct program service in the fields of children’s, family, and disability / special needs services. Ms. Chastain has worked in the nonprofit and government sectors since completing her undergraduate education at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She is a member, and a former board member, of the Association for Fundraising Professionals; a member and former board member of the Grant Professionals Network of Central Florida; and a Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE.

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