Our popular online live grant proposal training is now available in pre-recorded video lessons.

Learn the art of grant proposal writing. Writing grant proposals is not as easy as it seems. You need to know what to put in your proposal, how to write it and what indicators to show.

Your project may not receive funding simply because you have missed out an important element that funders need to see.

The training 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. You will find advice on what the donors are looking for when assessing your proposal, 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 include in your proposal and how to write it. Finally, you will be able to work on your own project idea and transform it into actual grant application including both the narrative and the budget sections.

Now, you can have the pre-recorded lessons at your fingertips when you are writing your proposal.

Course Testimonials

“Penny is a wonderful instructor who has gone out of her way to help our small Foundation. The online training itself was insightful as Penny openly shared many of her experiences and guidance. The highlight however, was the post-training support. Our Foundation was working within a tight deadline to complete and submit a deadline two weeks after the training. Penny was receptive of all the questions we asked her, and promptly reviewed our draft application, providing meaningful comments that definitely enhanced the quality of our work.”

“It was very well organised, many exercises to try out the information just provided. It included all steps of a full proposal development and submission. The trainer included many different donor Templates and checked on all participants to contribute to the training. Perfect!” – Marisa, Solidar Suisse, May 2019 Participant

“The Maximpact Grant Writing Course was thorough and specific. Penny did a great job of going through each aspect of a strong application. Her follow-up support and detailed comments after the course were equally as helpful. I know that this will really help our social enterprise in its fundraising efforts.” – Isabella, February 2019 participant

“The training was very helpful to write grant proposal bringing lots of ideas, with both substantial and in-depth knowledge together with case studies, learning from experience and being fully practice-oriented. Well-balanced composition of participants, which contributed to interesting and focused discussions and exchanges.” – Alon, February 2019 participant

“Penny was a perceptive and attentive instructor. She answered all of my questions thoroughly and gave helpful suggestions. I also appreciate that she remembered to circle back to any questions that might have been posed on Day 1, creating associations between various parts of the proposal writing process.” – Nicole Hashem, UNRWA 

What will you learn

Through this Grant Proposal Training Course you will learn 8 essential skills:

  1. Understand what type of donors will be interested in your project and how to approach them in a professional manner.
  2. Learn how proposal evaluators will read your proposal and how to address donors’ requirements and expectations.
  3. Learn how to define the strategies and appropriate methodology for development of your grant proposal and apply the suitable proposal style.
  4. Learn how to use a logical framework to structure your proposal and how to build an evaluation plan.
  5. Learn how to create a project needs analysis and adequate solution within your project idea.
  6. Find out how to incorporate a cost analysis properly and master the art of preparing accurate and realistic budgets.
  7. Improve your writing skills and learn how to proofread and edit effectively.
  8. Learn how to assemble a proposal package for submission and how to manage post-award or rejection communication with funders.

At the end of the training, you can send Penny the exercises you have done for her to review and correct.

She may also review your grant proposal once it is completed. Penny will provide feedback and tell you whether your proposal is ready for submission or what is necessary to adjust. For post-course review please email us at [email protected] for further information.

Course Instructor

The training course is delivered by an expert in European and International Politics. Penny has been working with nonprofit, community-based and civil society organisations in international development projects and programmes. She has been providing training, including grant proposal writing training, and technical assistance in European Commission funded projects over the last 16 years.

Her professional experience covers implementation and management of technical assistance projects for major international donors such as European Union, the World Bank, UN Development Programme. Penny has a solid track record as a grant expert, collaborating with donors and program directors to pair program needs with appropriate funding sources, overseeing grant proposal writing, contracts, and award phases of grants and endowments and managing projects’ spending, reports and invoicing.

She has been providing technical assistance to programme initiators in the development and launching of grant schemes by preparing calls for proposals and guidelines for applicants in different sectors including regional development, social inclusion, economic competitiveness and energy efficiency.

Penny has served as grant reviewer in a number of donor-funded projects undertaking appraisal of project proposals as part of a competitive application process. She has provided selection and funding recommendations, as well as constructive feedback to all successful and unsuccessful applicants.

Since 2002, Penny has been providing training, coaching and mentoring to potential grant applicants and grant holders on all aspects of grant proposal development and application preparation and grant contracts’ implementation and monitoring, ensuring that funds are spent-down efficiently and in-line with contractual terms and agreements. Overall, she functions as a chief liaison between grant operators and donors, negotiating contracts and facilitating operations.

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