skip to content

Proposal Writing

Watch

More

What Are Potential Red Flags When You Are Reviewing Proposals?

00:01:25

Grantmakers share their insights and advice on proposals, relationships with nonprofit organizations, and more.

Jobs

More

We Recommend

The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals

The latest addition to our best-selling Winning Proposals series includes 35 actual, funded proposals reprinted in their entirety.

$39.95

The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th Edition

The newest edition of our most popular Guide, with grantmaker perspectives on the latest trends in reviewing proposals.

$39.95

Guia para escribir propuestas

The Spanish-language translation of our 5th edition Guide to Proposal Writing.

$39.95

Live Chat

More

Your Proposal Writing Questions, Answered

Jun 18, 2013  

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in our Proposal Writing classes, with Foundation Center trainers David Holmes and Kim Patton.

The Future Funding Question: How Do You Answer?

Jul 22, 2011  

Kevin Monroe, X Factor Consulting, and Dave Koser, Lancaster County Community Foundation, explore how to respond to funders' questions about nonprofit sustainability, especially in the context of grant proposals.

Applications Not Accepted: Get on Their Radar

Apr 25, 2011  

Foundation Center president Bradford Smith and grant writing consultant Pamela Grow answer your questions on how to approach foundations that do not accept unsolicited proposals.

Sample Documents

More

Proposal from Fairfax Inter-organizational Network to Neighborhood Connections

Faith-based group received funds for a quilting project that aimed to engage underserved youth and seniors and build community pride and connections among residents and area churches. This project had a fiscal sponsor.

Proposal from Larchmere PorchFest to Neighborhood Connections

Neighborhood received funds to host a one-day festival, free and open to all, in which local musicians perform on porches of residents and businesses throughout the neighborhood. This project had a fiscal sponsor.

Proposal from Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association to Raymond Jean Wean Foundation

Received funds to add signs and landscaping to neighborhood entrances, and to create an association website to market the area and enable communication and document sharing among residents. This project had a fiscal sponsor.

Proposal from The Griot Project to Neighborhood Connections

Artists' collective received funds to increase neighborhood's awareness and appreciation of Black heritage, traditions, and culture through poetry and creative writing events and workshops. This project had a fiscal sponsor.

Cover Letter from Center for Effective Philanthropy to Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Request for multiyear general operating support for capacity building.

Training Events

More

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Feb 17, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

Free

Introduction to Project Budgets

Feb 18, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cleveland, Ohio | Classroom

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal.

Free

Introduction to Project Budgets

Feb 23, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
San Francisco, California | Classroom

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal.

Free

Introduction to Proposal Writing with a special presentation by Laura Fegan, Sisters of Charity Health System

Feb 24, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cleveland, Ohio | Classroom

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! And learn tips from an expert in the field!

Free

Logic Models: Program Planning to Proposal Writing

Feb 25, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cleveland, Ohio | Classroom

Examine the elements of a logic model and how to use it as a tool to improve your work from program planning to writing the proposal for your project. 

Free

Online Classes

More

Foundation Center's Online Proposal Writing Course

Self-Paced eLearning  |  $295.00

Learn How to Craft a Competitive Proposal!

Introduction to Proposal Writing Webinar

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

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.

Introduction to Project Budgets Webinar

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

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.

Proposal Budgeting Basics in Spanish: Elementos básicos del presupuesto de un proyecto webinar

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

Aprenda a preparar y presentar el presupuesto de un proyecto en su solicitud de fondos.

Introduction to Finding Grants Webinar

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

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.

Listen

More

Philanthropy Chat: Revisions to DC's Common Grant Application - What You Need to Know

00:10:22

Philanthropy Chat: Benton Murphy on Letters of Intent/Inquiry

00:17:22

Philanthropy Chat: Dalya Massachi on Writing Outstanding Fundraising and Marketing Materials

00:12:20