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*NEW* Developing strong, collaborative funding proposals for equitable and localised projects – March 2024

  • Mon 18 March 2024 - Wed 27 March 2024
  • Online
  • £499

This course will equip participants with tools and skills to design and develop solid, collaborative funding proposals while challenging power dynamics in funding processes. Learn practical tools, discuss decolonisation in funding partnerships, and gain insights on reflecting these principles in proposals.

Elevate your grant-writing expertise from novice to master level in this comprehensive course. Designed for both new and experienced proposal writers, including program staff, fundraisers, and business development professionals, this series of workshops will equip you with the essential skills to craft compelling and impactful proposals that secure funding from grant funders. Ideal for smaller organizations embarking on their fundraising journey with institutional partners, and for those seeking to decolonize their funding practices through decentralization and local partnerships, this course offers a tailor-made approach to your specific needs. Open to participants from across the globe, this inclusive programme provides a valuable platform for knowledge sharing and collaborative learning. Transform your grant-writing skills and confidently unlock new funding opportunities!

The live sessions are designed in a way to maximise interaction between participants, through skilled facilitation and techniques such as virtual whiteboards/scrapbooks and break-out groups. You will have access to various materials such as slides, links to videos and external resources for background reading, all accessed through INTRAC’s e-platform.

On this course you will also get an opportunity to have one-to-one mentoring session(s) with the course trainer (more info on available options below). This will provide space to work through and identify potential solutions to specific challenges you are facing or support for getting started if you are new to decolonising proposal writing.

Summary of course content

  • Key principles for effective proposal writing
  • Project design tools
  • Strengths and weaknesses of different forms of collaborative proposal writing
  • Best practice in addressing key sections of a proposal
  • Cross cutting themes, and how to incorporate these into project design
  • Planning and managing the development proposal writing process that involves and empowers all stakeholders.
  • Evaluate and improve a funding proposal
  • Revisiting localisation – what does it mean for effective proposal writing?

Course fee:  GBP 499 (inclusive of 1 mentoring session). If you opt for an additional mentoring session at the time of your application submission, you will benefit from a reduced rate of only £100 per extra mentoring session – just tick the box in the application form. If you decide to sign up for more coaching/mentoring once you’re on the course or afterwards, you’ll be charged the standard rate of £160 per 60 min session.

Training access scholarships are available for small NGOs /civil society organisations. For more information, please visit our FAQ.

Application deadline:  4 March 2024. We may close the applications sooner than advertised if the course is fully booked.

Course Trainer

Rachel Haynes is an independent consultant working with civil society. She specialises in training and coaching, strategising, researching, and funding (including leading and facilitating bid writing). A strong believer in collaborative learning, she has designed and delivered capacity building programmes for women’s rights organisations across Africa and Asia, and with key population CSOs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Since 2012 she has worked with over 60 diverse international NGOs, including Amnesty International, WWF, Mercy Corps, ActionAid, Oxfam Novib and Nigeria, Water Aid and Save the Children Fund NL. Past clients have also included networks such as Bond, Scottish International Alliance and Forus. In addition, Rachel has also worked with funders on due diligence processes, including the Robert Carr Foundation and Aidsfonds. Rachel holds two masters degrees in Development Management, and Gender and International Development.