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Certificate in Proposal Writing (In-Person)

September 17, 2024


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 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 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.

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: $830 members, $1,660 non-members.

Proposal Writing Dates:
Proposal Writing I - Tuesday, September 17, 2024
Proposal Writing II - Tuesday, October 15, 2024
Proposal Writing III - Tuesday, October 29, 2024
Proposal Writing IV - Tuesday, November 19, 2024
Proposal Writing V - Tuesday, December 3, 2024


  • The series must be completed in order from 1 to 5.
  • Participants must attend all 5 sessions.
  • Participants must submit a fully completed grant proposal.

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.

Note: Finding Grant Funding is no longer a prerequisite for the Certificate in Proposal Writing.


Instructor: Jessa Heisey, CFRE

Jessa Heisey, CFRE, raised over $10 million for children and currently serves at the nationally acclaimed Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (Development Officer of the Joe R. Lee Club in Eatonville).

Her 24 years of nonprofit experience were gained from previous roles at Children’s Home Society of Florida (Senior Director of Development over multiple regions, Senior Grant Writer supporting statewide, and Director of Development for Central Florida); A Gift For Teaching; and Children’s Miracle Network.

Since 2019, Jessa instructs and consults to help nonprofits fully activate their fundraising to further enhance their mission.

Jessa holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential signifying tenure and demonstrated fundraising achievement, B.S. in Business Management from the University of Central Florida, BoardSource Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting, Crummer Management Certificate, Certificate in Fund Development from Indiana University, Benevon 101 and 201 Certificates, and is a Leadership Orlando Class ‘64 graduate.


Full participation in this workshop is applicable for 30 points in Category 1.B -Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.


9:15 am - 4:15 pm on the following days: September 17, October 15, October 29, November 19, & December 3, 2024


Registration Closes 9/10/2024 12:00 AM

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