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Certificate in Proposal Writing

A great grant proposal 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 the tools to develop carefully targeted, well-written proposals that make a compelling case for a nonprofit and its mission.

The Edyth Bush Institute 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 course, 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 the Edyth Bush Institute Certificate in Proposal Writing 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.


Digital materials including Power Point presentations, exercises, samples of effective proposals, and other various resources.

You will learn 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.

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  Required Prerequisite Workshop
    Finding Grant Funding

3 Hours  

  Proposal Writing Course Sessions

30 Hours  

    Session I: Why Do We Want Funding?


    Session II: Can I Prove We Make a Difference?


    Session III: Does the Budget 'Add Up' to Success?


    Session IV: What Do Funders Want?


    Session V: How Does My Proposal Measure Up?


Total Hours:  

33 Hours  



  1. Participants must complete the prerequisite prior to attending the proposal writing course.
  2. Participants must attend all five days of the course. 
  3. Participants must submit a fully completed grant proposal. 

The Edyth Bush Institute Certificate in Proposal Writing is awarded after all 33 hours are completed, a proposal prepared and submitted to the instructor, and all fees are paid.


The cost for the Edyth Bush Institute Certificate in Proposal Writing breaks down as follows:


Member Price

 Non-Member Price

 Prerequisite -- Finding Grant Funding



 Proposal Writing Course







Scholarships may be available for members.

Attendance Policy

You have made a significant investment of time and money to attend this course. Attendance is taken each day, and participants must attend the entire course and stay through the end each day in order to receive the Certificate in Proposal Writing.

Full participation in the Certificate in Proposal Writing is applicable for thirty (30) points in Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. Read more about the CFRE continuing education policy, or visit

More reasons for participating in the certificate program:

  • The Certificate in Proposal Writing is awarded by the Edyth Bush Institute, a Center of Excellence at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, a top-ranked educational institution.
  • Experience and credibility - U.S. News & World Report ranked Rollins College one of "America's best colleges," the oldest recognized college in Florida.
  • Rollins is consistently recognized by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, Barron’s Guide, and The Princeton Review as being among the finest private, liberal arts colleges in America.
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