Certificate in Grant Writing

Certificate in Grant Writing (In-person)

Carina Kleter

  • Session 1
    January 12, 2023
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
  • Session 2
    January 19, 2023
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
  • Session 3
    January 26, 2023
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
  • Session 4
    February 2, 2023
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

To succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment, fundraisers and nonprofit professionals must practice and master critical skills to develop winning proposals. Now, you can take your career and impact to the next level by obtaining your Certificate in Grant Writing.

During this interactive, four-session certificate program designed for those who are new to grant writing or have little or no grant writing experience, you will learn best practices for developing winning grant proposals from grant writing expert Abby Mackness.

Narratives and Outcomes
Learn how to develop a toolkit, write a grant narrative and set measurable and reliable outcomes.

Budget and Research
Receive the tools to develop a program budget, participate in live exercises and learn the various resources available to conduct grant research specific to your organization.

Grants Management
Writing the grant is only the first step of the funding process. We will address the “now what?” of grants and provide insight on how to manage grantor relationships and expectations.

Grants Writing Practice and Feedback
Students will draft sections of a grant application and will have the opportunity to share with their peers to both receive feedback and review other students’ drafts.

Grant Funder Panel
Local grant experts will provide helpful feedback on how you can improve your grant writing and grant application process.

Participants must attend all 4 sessions and complete assignments to receive the Grant Writing Certificate. You must attend session 1 to continue to subsequent sessions. Missing subsequent sessions will delay the ability to complete the program as missed sessions are required to be made up at a future time.

$1,035.00 Only $550 (when logged in) thanks to the support of our funders

This event is being held IN-PERSON at our training room in Tampa, FL.

Registration closes at 11:55 p.m. Eastern on January 10, 2023.

Meet Your Trainer

Abby Mackness, M.S., J.D., has over 35 years of experience in not-for-profit grant and for-profit proposal preparation, and program management in support of federal, defense, intelligence, state, local, and commercial customers, and funders. Abby is known in the industry for her in-depth opportunity research and her high win rates.

Abby recently moved to Florida from Washington D.C. where she was the Senior Director for Capture and Proposal Management for MorphoTrust USA (now known as IDEMIA). After being “retired” for six weeks, Abby missed the work too much and decided to start her own business.   She is now the President and CEO of Mackness and Poore Consulting, LLC, headquartered in Wesley Chapel, Fl.

Abby is a certified Capture Manager (Lockheed Martin) and is a member of the Association for Proposal Management Professionals (APMP).   Abby is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) (certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI)).  She and is a retired Air Force officer (reserve) where she served as both a computer scientist and software acquisition officer.  In her free time, Abby serves on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and the Non-Profit Free Open-Source Software (FOSS) Institute and is a coach for the University of Tampa’s MBA program.

CFRE Continuing Education Points
Full participation in this program is applicable for 16.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Health Protocols for In-Person Classes

The health and safety of all visitors, students, trainers and staff is our top priority.

  • NLC uses targeted cleaning protocols in our Training Room and office space.
  • Any person who is feeling unwell or suspects they have been exposed to contagious illness is asked to refrain from attending in-person training events.
    • COVID-19: If you are not feeling well on the day of your training or are aware of exposure (within the previous 10 days) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you cancel or reschedule your visit with us, whether or not you appear to be experiencing symptoms of illness.
    • If you need to cancel for this reason, please notify us, and we will be happy to provide program credit equivalent to the registration fees already paid.

Registration & Cancellation Policies

Visit the Registration & Payment Policies page for answers to many questions regarding payment, attendance, substitutions, cancellation and refunds.

NLC/Children’s Board of Hillsborough County (CBHC) No-Show Policy
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