Writing a successful proposal is an art. There is no blueprint for a good proposal, and not all good proposals lead to a successful bid. There are many reasons why a funder might select your proposal. MDF’s ‘Writing Winning Proposals’ training will guide you to not only write a good proposal, it increase your chances of securing funding. In this article, we provide you with six tips.
Have a good understanding of why your organisation exists and what problem it solves. What makes your organisation unique? In short: explore why your organisation is important because if you do not know why you exist, why would anyone else fund you?
Start searching for funders that have similar objectives, mission, and vision to you. Then, the likelihood of them partnering with your organisation is higher.
Try to engage with these funders even if there are no applications open. It is important to establish a good relationship. You might even be able to influence their programming or get information when important calls come out, which eventually benefit your organisation.
Make a clear go/ no go decision before writing any proposal, based on the eligibility criteria and your chance to win. You do not want to use your precious time on proposals that have little chance.
Start with developing your intervention and budget at an early stage. Your Theory of Change or Result Framework are the core of your proposal. You do not want to start writing before you have a clear idea about your intervention. As for the budget, clearly link your budget to activities at an early stage, specifically when you work with partners.
Stick to the donor format, use correct spelling, and have someone check your proposal against the evaluation criteria.
We will guide you through these tips during our training, provide you with the tools, and provide individualised feedback on your journey to develop a winning proposal. If you want to learn more about our training, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the coursepage on our website here https://bit.ly/Writing_Winning_Proposals_MDF.
By Floris van Zuilekom, Trainer/Consultant, MDF Netherlands.