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 livelihoods in their project areas.
Livelihood interventions can be a very broad area. Besides, most projects implemented are tailor-made to the existing situation. Hence, it is important to consider the information provided here as a basic framework for customizing specific proposals. Remember that different donors have different proposal formats as well and many of them prefer to seek brief concept notes outlining the ideas of the intervention. They rarely ask for a full-fledged proposal at the outset. Nevertheless, the information given here aids the reader in equipping oneself with proper understanding about writing a proposal for a community livelihood development project.