How to Frame Goals and Objectives in a Project Proposal

Goals and objectives form the most important part of a project proposal and one should pay great attention while framing them. Setting the goal is often the first step towards developing a proposal as it lays the foundation for the project. Next in process is defining objectives that would help in achieving the goal. Program managers should not overlook both these steps as, well drafted goals and objectives facilitate in developing an articulate proposal that has high chances of getting … [Read more...]

How to write engaging case studies to demonstrate impact

A case study is a very important qualitative method of capturing impact. It is an approach to qualitative research with focus on specific in-depth analysis of a particular case, incident, story, or event. For NGOs, case studies reflect successes of a particular program(s) in terms of changing people’s lives, with ‘voice’ of the people impacted. Well-researched and well-documented case studies win hearts, and may even win donors! So here are a few tips on how to write engaging case studies to … [Read more...]

Infographic: How to summarize a Full Proposal into a Short Concept Note

Not every donor will be interested to outrightly read your full proposal. Ideally, a successful fundraiser would first approach the donor with a concept note that outlines the full project idea in a concise manner. In this infographic, you will come across useful tips to summarize your proposal into a short concept note. … [Read more...]

APN Proposal Development Training Workshop for Young Scientists/Practitioners, Mongolia (5-7 November 2015)

Deadline: 15 August 2015 Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) is currently inviting applications from its member countries for the Annual Proposal Development Training Workshop (PDTW) which will be held from 5 to 7 November 2015 in Mongolia. The training workshop is designed to enhance the capacity of young scientists and practitioners in the Temperate East Asia region to develop competitive project proposals for funding. The PDTW is open to young scientists from the Temperate … [Read more...]

Benefits, Eligibility & Application Procedure for APN Proposal Development Training Workshop

Benefits of Attending APN Proposal Development Training Workshop Participants will receive a certificate after completion of the three-day training programme. During the workshop, breakfast and lunch will be served for all participants. Selected participants may attend APN Third Science-Policy Dialogue on “Land Use and Climate Change in Temperate East Asia from 2-4 November 2015. Sponsorship for successful applicants will cover the cost of economy class air tickets, accommodation and … [Read more...]

Download a Great Sample Proposal on ‘Women’s Livelihood Development’

Building livelihoods through microenterprises for women is one of the remarkable ideas for developing sustainability, improving household income and creating jobs in the poorest regions of the world. A lot of donor agencies including the USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations emphasize upon enhancing the business development skills of women for sustainable development. However, not all NGOs are able to develop effective project ideas for successfully requesting funds from such donor … [Read more...]

How to Write, Develop and Manage Your Youth Development Projects

The main goal of this guide is to explain how to write and manage a project addressing youth in a successful way. The Guide starts by explaining what we mean with Project Management. It will continue by explaining how to deal with the different phases of Project Management namely Preparation, Planning, Implementation and End of the Project. An additional section will explain in details how to deal with Budgeting and Financial Reports. The Guide covers the following topics: Project … [Read more...]

How to Write Successful Proposals for Youth-based Projects

General guidelines for writing project proposals apply for youth project proposals, although, in this case, the strength of your proposal will be assessed against your ability to make a case for the importance of investing in youth in your community. Whether you are applying for an award that is specifically tailored for youth organisations or whether you are answering to a more general call, which emphasizes the necessity of involving young people in the proposed projects, you should stress the … [Read more...]

How to summarize a Full Proposal into a Short Concept Note

The submission of concept notes is increasingly becoming the first step in the application for funding to the main agencies and private donors. This is how your potential donor will make the first selection among a large group of project proposals to assess their potential. Accordingly, concept notes could be solicited directly by the donor, but they could also become the way in which an NGO approaches a potential sponsor to test their interest in the NGO’s ongoing activities. Thus, concept … [Read more...]

How to write an attractive and effective Project Title for your Project Proposal

The title of a project is of ultimate importance, thus make sure to take your time to find the best one. Titles must be attractive and exciting at the same time. The title must convey the meaning, the area of intervention and the goals of the project while being enticing. It is good practice to select the final title together with all the other members of the NGO. Whereas the project proposal is very technical and requires specific skills that not everybody may possess, the title represents … [Read more...]

What is Project Justification in Grant Proposals?

The project justification is one of the most crucial parts of a proposal. You can use it to convince the potential donor that your project is of ultimate importance for your community and elucidate the ways in which, by developing this project, you will consistently achieve your set goals (social, economic improvement or the resolution to a specific problem). Research the issue your project addresses in depth. Identify the causes of the problem and, if possible, list the ways in which other … [Read more...]

‘Understanding SMART Objectives’ – for Your Project Proposals

Every time we site down to write project proposals, we come across the word "SMART" while developing project objectives. All donors insist that whatever objectives we develop, they have to be SMART. What does it really mean to have SMART objectives? Learn more from this short guide. SMART objectives are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-related. Be specific means that you have to prepare yourself for in-depth research about the issue you want to address. Avoid general … [Read more...]

The Best Proposal Writing Techniques for NGOs

A successful application depends on the design of a sound project, which addresses social, political, and economic issues of a community. In order to get funded, it is important to spell out your needs, plans, and evaluation strategies in a way that allows the potential donor to understand the importance of your project and become interested in what you are doing. The proposal you send represents your major opportunity to get funded, so it is of crucial importance to learn how to write it in a … [Read more...]

How to conduct Stakeholder Analysis for Your Project Proposals

Stakeholders are individuals, groups of people or organizations that have direct and indirect involvement/interest with your proposed project and hence they can have positive or negative influence on the project. There are different types of stakeholders: (1) Stakeholders: Individuals or organizations who may directly or indirectly, positively or negatively affect or be affected by the activities of a proposed intervention package. (2) Beneficiaries: Those who are benefited from the project … [Read more...]

How to write a Grant Proposal for Promotion of Democracy and Good Governance

If you planning to develop a project or thinking of applying for a funding opportunity for the promotion of democracy and good governance, then here is a guide on how to write a grant proposal for a project aiming for the promotion of democracy and good governance. The guide gives a basic understanding of how a project proposal should be developed and presented to a donor agency. Although donors have different proposal formats, yet the various components of a standard proposal are always same … [Read more...]

Basic Questions on Proposal Writing Answered

What is a proposal? A proposal is a document that outlines a detailed plan on a project that NGOs propose to a donor seeking funds to implement it. Usually, the donors that provide funding to NGOs request proposals in a pre-set format. Although this format can vary from one donor agency to another, it usually has a standard framework. Proposal writing can be a complex job. Even if you are proposing just one page concept note about your project idea, you need to be prepared with your full … [Read more...]

Proposal Writing Guidebook for Grassroots-based NGOs/CBOs/CSOs

Characteristics of successful proposal writing A good proposal must convince the donor/funding agencies about the following aspects of the project going to be proposed by the organization: - The issue going to be addressed matches with the objectives/target area of the donor agency. - The problem going to be addressed is of significant magnitude in the proposed area amongst the target population. - A need assessment/baseline survey has already been done to assess the gravity of the … [Read more...]

Understanding a Budget Format in a Proposal

Introduction Budget is the most important part of any proposal. The budget depicts a clear picture of all expenditures involved in carrying out a research project. Any research project, right from its very inception, requires several activities involving the financial aspect. Therefore, it becomes necessary to focus on the budget and to ensure that it is clear and all the expenditures proposed are justified. Though, developing a budget is not much tedious task, provided the concepts regarding … [Read more...]

Innovative Projects funded previously under the UN Trust Fund

The UN Trust Fund against Violence against Women is a funding opportunity for NGOs working on gender-based issues in different countries around the world. While large organizations can request funding of up to US $300,000, small and grassroots organizations can apply for grants of up to US $100,000. However, projects have to be fairly innovative and in line with the priorities of the Fund. In order to submit a good application, it is important to conceptualize the right project with an … [Read more...]

Common Questions Donors Ask NGOs in their Proposals

Proposal writing is a time consuming process. You need to carry out proper research, collect information from various sources, read through the proposal format and fill in appropriate details. All these tasks are also required to be undertaken in a stipulated time because most proposal submissions have deadlines which you need to follow carefully. In such a situation, how can you develop a quality proposal? One of the best ways is to pre-identify some of the common questions donor agencies ask … [Read more...]