How to write Letter of Inquiry for Seeking Grants

‘Letter of Inquiry’ or LOI can be your first contact with a donor agency for raising funds for your NGO. It can be more relevant than a full proposal because if the Letter of Inquiry is found to be poorly written, no grantmaking organization will be interested to know anything about your NGO or your project. So as a first contact point, it is very important to develop a brief, well-researched and compelling letter seeking funding partnership from the prospective donor. Most funding agencies … [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...]

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 NGOs can develop budgets in their Proposals

Developing and managing budgets can be a challenging task for NGOs whenever they need to plan a project, write a proposal and implement an activity. Efficient financial management is essential for the growth of any organization. Besides, if you have well-managed and transparent financial system, it also enables donor agencies to gain confidence in your NGO and offer to support to it. However, setting up an efficient financial management system requires a sound understanding of financial … [Read more...]

How to write Logical Framework Analysis (LFA) in Grant Proposals –A Simple Guide for NGOs

In various proposal formats, we come across a table or a framework required to be filled by us to give more detailed information about our project. This table is referred to as a Logframe or Logical Framework or Logical Framework Analysis (LFA) or Logical Framework Matrix. This framework is the most important part of the proposal, yet it continues to be the most complicated one. Here we are providing some simple explanations to help NGOs and other development professionals on how to understand … [Read more...]

Sample Grant Proposal: Sustainable Livelihood Development

This is a sample grant proposal to assist small NGOs to understand proposal writing and project planning. However, we do not claim this sample to be perfect and should not be copied as it is. We urge our website visitors to read through this material carefully for the purpose of seeking clarity about writing proposals and further undertake research on it before you can actually sit and start building the proposal. The most successful proposals are those which are tailor-made for community needs, … [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...]

Introduction to Proposal Writing: How to Write Proposals

A proposal is an essential marketing document that helps cultivate an initial professional relationship between an organization and a donor over a project to be implemented. The proposal outlines the plan of the implementing organization about the project, giving extensive information about the intention, for implementing it, the ways to manage it and the results to be delivered from it. A proposal is a very important document. In some cases, a concept note precedes a proposal, briefing the … [Read more...]

How to Write a Concept Note

What is a Concept Note?A Concept Note is perhaps the shortest expression your project idea given on paper to a donor. It is usually requested by the donor in situations where no proposals have been solicited from NGOs. Most of the donor agencies prefer to understand the project through a Concept Note rather than a full-fledged proposal. What should be the size of the Concept Note? This actually depends upon the donor requesting the Concept Note. However, we need to remember that it is the … [Read more...]

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