Grant Writing Certification Program

Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00PM - 2:30PM EST
September 12 – October 26, 2022

Volunteer Florida is proud to host a virtual six-week, 11-course Grant Writing Certification Program for Florida’s nonprofit organizations this fall. Our goal is to help Florida’s nonprofit organizations better prepare for the grant application process and increase their likelihood of selection for grant funding.

Each week, attendees will participate in a one-hour instructional learning session and a one-hour workshop. Instructional sessions will set the foundations of grant writing and the workshops are opportunities for nonprofit organizations to engage peers and get real-time feedback on projects.

This no-cost training is open to all nonprofit organizations in Florida and recommended for grant seekers, program directors, as well as executive and board directors.


Participants who attend and complete all sessions of the training are eligible to receive a certificate of completion, which includes written feedback on a sample grant application. If several staff are attending from the same organization, please submit collaborative grant application materials.

To be eligible for a certificate, participants must:

  • Attend all 11 courses
  • Submit partial sample grant application materials (i.e. logic model, theory of change, executive summary, budget narrative)

* Certificate Request Deadline: Friday, November 25 at 5:00PM EST

* Please be aware that you must attend all 11 courses (including the panel discussion) to be eligible for certification. There will be no makeup work allowed for missed sessions.

Volunteer Florida will award preferential points on an upcoming grant application for any organization that completes the 11-course training.


All Sessions 1:00PM – 2:30PM EST

Week 1: Grant Preparation

This week’s sessions will focus on topics such as researching available grants and assembling a grant writing team.

Session 1.1: Monday, September 12, 2022

Session 1.2: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Week 2: Logic Models

This week’s sessions will focus on topics such as logic models, determining your organizations inputs, outputs, and outcomes, and creating an evaluation plan.

Session 2.1: Monday, September 19, 2022

Session 2.2: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Week 3: Writing the Proposals

This week’s sessions will focus on topics such as understanding the grant criteria, putting the proposal together, and writing tips.

Session 3.1: Monday, September 26, 2022

Session 3.2: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – Postponed due to Hurricane Ian – rescheduled for Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Week 4: Best Practices Panel

Hear from the experts about writing a grant for Volunteer Florida! Panelist information coming soon.

Session 4.1: Monday, October 10, 2022

Session 3.2 Make-up (originally scheduled for September 28th) : Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Week 5: Budgets

This week’s sessions will focus on topics such as budget terminology, important expenses to include, and grant application platforms, such as eGrants.

Session 5.1: Monday, October 17, 2022

Session 5.2: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Week 6: Grant Year Overview

This week’s sessions will focus on topics such as reporting, grant year deliverables, and next steps.

Session 6.1: Monday, October 24, 2022

Session 6.2: Wednesday, October 26, 2022



Marie Gress is a licensed master-level macro social worker with specialties in older adults and technology. She is the CEO at Kovir LLC, serves on Washtenaw County’s Commission on Aging, and provides supervision and mentorship to macro social workers in the aging sector.

Marie started providing grant writing and grant strategy services with the mission to increase the capacity and impact of small non-profits with limited resources, along with low-cost websites and outreach methods. Since then, she crafted a Grant Writing for Novices workbook and has made it available for free on various platforms, created a self-paced online course, and has led grant writing courses and seminars for groups like NASW-MI and NAAP. 


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Kovir, LLC, is a woman-owned social enterprise practicing organizational and professional development, providing grant strategy services to increase the capacity of smaller nonprofits with limited resources.

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