University of Central Florida Center for Public and Nonprofit Management


Applications from nonprofit organizations for capacity building training and technical assistance are now being accepted by the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM). Applications will be accepted until May 24, 2019 at 5 p.m.


  • 15 Orange County nonprofit organizations will be selected to receive 15 hours of capacity building training via face-to-face workshops and online training events. The Capacity Building Seminar training will address basic principles in four critical areas: 1) nonprofit governance, 2) strategic planning and program evaluation, 3) financial management, and 4) grant writing. Capacity building training will be delivered by Dr. Deborah A. Carroll, Director, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management and Associate Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida.
  • During the program, participants will complete or update an agency profile for the Central Florida Foundation Nonprofit Search database and develop a grant proposal.
  • Customized technical assistance will be provided by UCF graduate student workers for a total of 20 hours per participating agency. The student workers will meet with agency participants onsite, and be available via telephone or e-mail. Students will receive direct supervision and support from Dr. Deborah Carroll, University of Central Florida.
  • Participants fulfilling all the program requirements will receive a certificate of completion.
  • The program will run from June 21, 2019 to August 9, 2019 for nonprofits selected to participate.


  1. Agency must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a health and human service mission that is both located and provides services in Orange County, Florida.
  2. Agency must be in operation for at least one (1) year.
  3. Priority will be given to grassroots agencies with budgets of $500,000 or less.
  4. Priority will be given to agencies that have not previously received funding from Orange County.
  5. Agencies must commit to two agency leaders (ideally a senior staff member and a volunteer board member) to participate in all online and face-to-face sessions (see schedule below and save the dates while awaiting notification of application status). The final face-to-face session is August 2, 2019. In addition to sessions, agency leaders will:
    • commit three hours a week to review materials and submit assignments online and attend workshop sessions.
    • commit to working with UCF graduate assistant for 2-3 hours a week to complete homework assignments.
  6. Agency must have access to computer hardware and software as well as internet connection to access the online course.
  7. Participants must be proficient in English. Language translation is planned for specific translation issues unique to the course materials.


  • Orientation: June 21st (Friday), 8:30 am - noon: Orientation session and initial assessment survey (face to face meeting)
  • Topic 1: June 28th (Friday), 8:30 am - noon: Essentials of Nonprofit Governance (face to face meeting)
  • Topic 2: July 12th (Friday), 8:30 am - noon: Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation (face to face meeting)
  • Topic 3: July 19th (Friday), 8:30 a.m. – noon: Financial Management (face to face meeting)
  • Topic 4: July 26th (Friday) Grant writing, Part 1 (online)
  • Topic 5: August 2nd (Friday), 8:30 am - noon: Grant writing, Part 2 (face to face meeting)
  • August 9th (Friday), 5 p.m.:
  • All assignments due (electronically)

Face to face sessions will take place in in the UCF Center for Emerging Media, 500 W. Livingston St., Orlando, FL, in the Mario Classroom (CEM 116). This is in Downtown Orlando, near the intersection of Hughey Ave. and Livingston St., immediately west of I-4. It is a ½ mile walk from the Lynx Central Station (bus and SunRail). Parking passes will be made available to selectees.


  • Application form is available at the "Application" tab above or by request from
  • Fill out online application and submit required attachments:
    • Cover letter: include why this type of training would be beneficial to your agency at this time, brief organization overview, programs/services offered, service area, current funders, and description of leadership motivation to build capacity.
    • List of board of directors: name, position on board, term beginning and end date, community or business affiliation, and electronic contact information.
    • 2018 Statement of Activities (Revenue and Expense Statements).
  • Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2019
    • Early application is encouraged.
    • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by close of business on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.