Creating Winning Proposals


Proposals are persuasive documents that are fundamental tools in organizational funding. Creating Winning Proposals looks at sources of funding, types of proposals, and how to write proposals that will meet the requirements of funding agencies, including a number of tips and techniques to increase the potential success of your proposals.

This course teaches how to plan and submit a successful funding proposal, including sources of funding and how to select a funder, the steps for a successful proposal, plus ways to evaluate your proposal, and much more. The most successful proposals are going to be those that fulfill the mission and values of your organization and that of the funding agencies as well.

An important aspect of proposal writing is building and maintaining relationships, which is also explored in this course.

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Course outline

Session One: Course Overview

Session Two: Sources of Funding

Session Three: Funder Selection

Session Four: Types of Proposals

Session Five: Proposals as a Relationship Builder

Session Six: RFPs/RFQs (Requests for Proposals or Request for Quote)

Session Seven: The Ten Steps of Proposal Writing

Session Eight: Defining Your Proposal

Session Nine: Key Elements of a Proposal

Session Ten: Defining the Needs and Desired Results

Session Eleven: Resources and Activities and Evaluation

Session Twelve: Sustainability and Budget

Session Thirteen: Conclusion, Introduction, and Executive Summary

Recommended Reading List

Post-Course Assessment

Personal Action Plan