Grant Proposal Writing


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Contribute effectively to the proposal development process by enhancing your understanding of solicitations, design, review process, partnership management, and budgeting.

Purpose

This course provides an overview of contemporary grant proposal process. In today’s competitive NGO environment, practitioners who know how to put together a winning proposal are in great demand. This course prepares you to contribute effectively to the proposal development process by enhancing your understanding of solicitations (e.g. RFIs, RFAs and RFPs), the proposal design and review process, partnership management, and budgeting for proposals.

Target Audience

Staff who will benefit include:

  • Program staff who work on new project funding
  • Finance staff who play a role in proposal writing or review
  • New NGO staff who would like to enhance their organisation’s processes and systems for responding to proposals

Key Takeaways

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Navigate the proposal application cycle
  • Analyse a typical solicitation
  • Lead go/no-go discussions, form teams, and develop a proposal work plan and deliverables checklist
  • Manage the development and review of the technical approach and budget to ensure the proposal is complete and responsive
  • Manage the proposal submission and lessons learned (i.e., debriefing) processes

In addition your proposal should demonstrate that your project will:

  • Provide socio-economic benefit to a community or an area
  • Have a high probability of success
  • Address a strategic priority
  • Demonstrate need for financial assistance
  • Be economically viable
  • Have complete stakeholder support
  • Be consistent with development strategies