Writing a Funding Proposal


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 consistent and effective way.

This toolkit is aimed specifically at those who do not feel confident about writing funding proposals and who may not have much experience in it. It can be used by the individual project manager or by a team committed to increasing the organisation’s capacity to raise money. Often the best funding proposals are written by small teams. Even when a proposal is written by only one person, she or he needs to seek the opinions of others in the team about the proposal and make adjustments accordingly. 

What’s in the tool

This toolkit deals with planning and researching a funding proposal before you write it; how to write the proposal; and the follow-up required once it is written and sent off. There is also an example of a funding proposal to guide you. You will find advice on what you need to know about donors, and what you need to know about your own project or organisation before you write a funding proposal. You will also find guidelines on what to put into your proposal and how to write it, and references to other CIVICUS toolkits that can help you. Why have a toolkit? The toolkit is here to help you produce effective funding proposals. If you use it on its own, you should be able to produce a useful funding proposal to request support for your project and your organisation. If you use it together with other CIVICUS toolkits, as indicated, you will increase the capacity of your organisation to plan and raise money effectively. 


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