How to succeed at Bid Writing or Funding Proposals

How to succeed at Bid Writing or Funding Proposals

How to succeed at Bid Writing or Funding Proposals

In our bid writing workshops, we are asked time and again how to succeed at bid writing and for examples of successful bids or funding proposals. This is difficult, because examples of successful bids are not generally available and whilst we’d love to share some of ours with you, data protection laws and client confidentiality prevent us from doing so.

In any case, there’s no point reinventing the wheel and our friends over at The Big Lottery Fund have already taken the time to compile a series of detailed project planning examples, that are extremely helpful and informative. These project plans cover some of the main sections required in funding applications. You will be able to clearly see what type of information should be included in each section.

Example project plans

(Courtesy of The Big Lottery Fund)
The examples below are available FREE for anyone to read and refer to.

  1. Older people and isolation
  2. Capital build project
  3. Advice service
  4. Wellbeing
  5. Transition into employment
  6. Environment
  7. Voluntary sector infrastructure
  8. Community engagement

In addition, there are a number of characteristics that a successful proposal will contain – these include:

  • Thorough preliminary research covering all details of the project, from start to finish.
  • A clear match between the project and the funding organisations approached.
  • Submission of a proposal tailored to each particular funder’s requirements.
  • A clear explanation of each aspect of the proposed project, not only covering the project itself, but also the resources required, objectives & goals, a realistic budget and details of how the outcomes will be monitored, measured & reported back to the funding organisation.

We hope this information will be useful to you and your organisation.

If you require further advice and support for your bid writing or grant funding proposals, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your project.

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