BELFAST — Registration is now open for a five-week professional development program, Grant Writing Essentials, through the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. Sessions are 9 a.m.-noon on Fridays. Winter Session 2 runs March 18 and 25 and April 1, 8 and 15. Spring Session 1 runs May 20 and 27 and June 3, 10 and 17.

This program is designed to benefit people across the grant-writing spectrum, including those new to the genre, those in the midst of writing grants, and successful grant writers who are looking to refine their skills and gain new insights. The fee for this online, instructor-led program is $850.

Held synchronously via live Zoom sessions, the interactive program will teach the basics of seeing a grant through a full cycle — from inception to completion. Participants will learn how to get their organization ready to apply for grants, where to find funders and funding opportunities, how to write the components of a grant and how to submit a successful application that has all the information funders want to see.

Instructor Elizabeth Haffey is a Maine-based professional grant writer. Through her business, E. Haffey Grant Consulting, she helps clients develop and write proposals, researches opportunities, and trains staff and volunteers to apply for grants. Haffey received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and is currently working on her master’s in public policy from the University of Southern Maine.

Participants will earn a badge in Grant Writing Level 1 and 2 and a certificate of completion. For those interested in continuing education credits, 3 CEUs and 30 contact hours are available.

For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Michelle Patten,; 338-8002. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for people who live or work in Knox or Waldo County. For more information about upcoming professional development programs, scholarships or registration, go online. Early registration is recommended as spots are limited.