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Proposal Writing Series - Session III of V
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Proposal Writing Series - Session III of V

When: Friday, March 24, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 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, and resource list.

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.

Tuition: $750 Members, $1,500 Non-members. Scholarships may be available for members.

Proposal Writing Dates:
Proposal Writing I - February 24, 2017
Proposal Writing II - 
March 10, 2017
Proposal Writing III -  March 24, 2017
Proposal Writing IV - April 7, 2017
Proposal Writing V - April 28, 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: Bahíyyah Maroon Ph.D., Senior Director of Research and Design, Eripio Institute

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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