11 Things to Consider Before Applying for Government Funding

Government Grants are rarely available to individuals. To be eligible you will most likely need to be a registered non profit organisation in your area. Each grant making body will have its own set off rules that you should read as a priority and before making any other arrangements to apply for funding. Research funding opportunities in full. Many government grants will be backed up by significant documentation detailing the regulations of who and want they are able to support. It is vital … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Great Proposals – A Free “How-To” Video

Fundsforngos.org has produced a free 10 minute how-to video on proposal writing. The video provides 5 excellent tips on how to develop a better proposal. If you want to write great proposals be sure to watch this useful video. Fundsforngos.org also offers a range of other resources to improve NGO fundraising capacity – including tools on how to improve your proposals and increase your chances for fundraising success. Please click here to visit the fundsforngos.org resource page. … [Read more...]

What is a Case Study? Helping NGOs Understand How to Write a Case Study

Link to the Main Page A case study can be described as “a study of a unique incident relating to an individual or a group or a community or any other entity.” The incident can either express a problem that needs to be addressed or it could be a story of success that has to be shared and publicized. In most cases, the case study is unique relating to a single individual, group or any other entity but it can carry the power of representing facts of a whole area. For example, if you come across a … [Read more...]

How to write a Human Rights Project Proposal

Many NGOs working on human rights have often found proposal writing a challenging task. Although conceptualizing a project can be fairly easy by examining the ground situation in the target community, but writing down the same on paper can be difficult. Funding agencies also demand complicated information in their proposal formats which further discourage NGOs. In this context, we are providing some basic guidance to help NGOs understand the various aspects of a human rights project proposal … [Read more...]

How to write a proposal for a Community Livelihoods Development Project

Strengthening livelihoods, especially ensuring food security and increasing income opportunities for local communities, is one of the core responsibilities of NGOs working in poor and developing countries. As many efforts are made in this direction, small organizations continue to face challenges in developing a plan or a project proposal to raise funds to support their interventions. Here, we are providing some basic guidelines to assist NGOs to write effective proposals for building … [Read more...]

How to write Proposals on Projects addressing Climate Change

As issues related to climate change and global warming start to occupying large spaces on our tables, it is high time that we also made preparations to address them in a holistic manner. Many NGOs are not yet ready to equip themselves with information on climate change either because they still believe it is too scientific or because it can easily divert their current work strategies. While it is important to remain focused on issues of interest, it is also necessary to keep our eyes and ears … [Read more...]

How to write a Proposal for One Woman Initiative

The "One Woman Initiative" is an international fund for NGOs focused upon empowering women in Muslim-majority countries by providing them training, technology, information and facilitating microlending and advocacy of their basic rights. The "One Woman Initiative" has been supported by the USAID and US State Department and it is managed by CAFAmerica. This Fund is open to NGOs to apply and receive support on the issues mentioned above, possibly in targeted countries only.The One Woman Initiative … [Read more...]

Budget and Proposal Packaging

PreviousBudget The budget has to be itemized as clearly as possible, presented in the required format. It should be in line with the activities set in the project. It will be an additional advantage to mention contribution from other sources such as the community or other donors. Contribution made by the proposing organization should also be mentioned. It there is any recurring income from the project activities, it needs to be clearly given in the budget section. Proposal … [Read more...]

Monitoring & Evaluation

Previous Although it is the responsibility of the donor to carry out monitoring and evaluation of the project, it usually seeks the plan from the implementing NGO about it. Monitoring and evaluation enables constant check on the activities and helps review the progress made at every step. Monitoring should be the integral part of project implementation; in fact, there should be an internal mechanism to monitor the results, risks, assumptions and performance regularly through meetings and … [Read more...]

Results

Previous Results are changes that we expect to take place after implementing the project activities. The results are generally positive experiences undergone by the beneficiaries. Results are divided into three types: 1. Outputs 2. Outcomes 3. Impact Outputs are immediate results that we achieve soon after the completion the project or any specific project activity. For example, if a training on human rights is carried out in a project, the output or the immediate result of it … [Read more...]

Performance Indicators and Risks & Assumptions

Previous Performance Indicators A Performance Indicator is a measure of the result. It gives a sense of what has been or what is to be achieved. For example, the number of households keeping their surroundings clean and hygienic or the number of women participating in training programs. There are two types of indicators, namely, “Process Indicators” and “Results Indicators.” Process indicators define the indicators for a process or an activity like ‘number of women participating in … [Read more...]

Strategies and Activities

Previous Proposals are required to outline how the objectives of the project would be achieved. Here, it will be necessary to mention the strategies and the activities to be implemented in the project. There is lot of difference between strategies and activities. Strategies are broad concepts under which activities are placed. Strategies in a project can include: Capacity-building/ awareness raising Organizational development Research & Development Advocacy Victim Support … [Read more...]

Writing Project Objectives

Previous Project Objectives should be: SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. Project objectives are the specific objectives for which the project works to achieve them within a stipulated time. They should directly address the problem mentioned in the Problem Statement. They should be specific: the more specific it is the better to design activities, indicators and the Logical Framework Analysis. Specific objectives also help address the problem stated and … [Read more...]

Project Goal

Previous A project goal is a very general, high-level and long-term objective of the project. It is different from project objectives because the latter are very specific and have to be addressed alone by the project. But a goal cannot be achieved by the project on its own since there will be other forces like the Government and other agencies as well working to achieve it. It is a major benchmark to compare work between different projects. Usually there is one project goal only and it can be … [Read more...]

Explaining the Problem Statement in the Proposal

Previous Sometimes, we may find difficulties in writing the exact problem we intend to address in the proposed project. It happens this way that the problem we are mentioning in the proposal is not a problem at all, but is actually an effect of another problem. For example, suppose there is high child mortality rate in our project area and we wish to put up a proposal on it, we cannot mention this as a problem because this is an effect of a problem, while the problem is something else. In … [Read more...]

Writing Problem Statement/Project Rationale in a Proposal

Previous The Problem Statement/Project Rationale gives an explanation about the issue that is being addressed by the project. It also argues in favour of implementing the project in the proposed area in the existing conditions. It is very critical that we give evidence to what we are writing in this section of the proposal. Evidence can be in form of other research, existing literature or data collected by the organization itself. The following are some important points that need to be … [Read more...]

The Actual Proposal

Previous A general format of the proposal consists of the following parts: 1. Problem Statement 2. Rationale or Justification for implementing the Project 3. Project Goal & Objectives 4. Strategy & Activities 5. Results: Outputs and Outcomes 6. Budget This basic format of a proposal has expanded covering many concepts and issues, confronting project funding and project implementation. As new experiences are gathered by donors in project implementation and funding … [Read more...]

Writing about Ourselves: the Organization

Previous New individuals working on proposals in a particular NGO may face problems in writing about organizational background. They prefer to just copy previous information into this particular section of the proposal. However, this information may be sometimes outdated. You may have forgotten to add an important NGO activity. Besides, many times, there are facts about our organizations which we ourselves are unaware of. We do quite a lot of research on the beneficiaries and the donor … [Read more...]

Before Writing a Proposal

Previous Before we start writing a proposal, it is important for us to do some research. No matter how small or big the project is some kind of references to existing literature or data should be made. Usually, it is expected that the NGO has enough information at hand about the problem or the project before writing the proposal. Yet, NGOs have to gather all related information about the issue they are working on and the sit down to write the proposal. In some cases, donors sponsor … [Read more...]

Problems in Writing Proposals

Previous Before we start learning about proposal writing, it will serve our purpose if we outline the exact difficulties we face working on the proposal. The following are the common problems we face while trying to write a proposal: Confused about the format? There are as many proposal formats as there are a number of donors and each donor as a different format. Although the basic information requested by various donors is generally the same, yet we often encounter snags that make … [Read more...]

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