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Training Course

Introduction to Project Budgets (formerly Proposal Budgeting Basics)

Live Webinar
Recorded Webinar
60-90 minutes

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for?  If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

This class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.  We will discuss:

  • The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
  • How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
  • What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal

Classroom attendees: Get started on your own project budget! Join us for an optional 30-minute exercise after class.

Please Note:

  • Prior attendance to Introduction to Proposal Writing is strongly recommended.
  • A version of this course is also offered in Spanish.
  • During the next few months, some upcoming dates listed below will present previous versions of Proposal Budgeting Basics. The contents between the new and old versions are very similar, but their presentation will be different. Please tell us what you think of the new course in the Comments area below.


Online Classes

Introduction to Project Budgets Webinar

Recorded Webinar

This brief recording captures the key concepts of the course. For more expansive discussion of the topic, we suggest attending a live webinar or in-person session. Note the recording is captioned for individuals with hearing impairments.

Upcoming Course Dates


Training Event Calendar

Proposal Writing Bootcamp

Join us for three days of immersion into the proposal writing process, including how to craft a well-organized budget and develop a targeted list of foundation funding prospects.

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In-Person Training

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