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Proposal Writing


What Are Potential Red Flags When You Are Reviewing Proposals?


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



We Recommend

The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals

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.


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

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.


Guia para escribir propuestas

Guia para escribir propuestas

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


Live Chat


Your Proposal Writing Questions, Answered

David Holmes
Kim Patton
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?

Kevin Monroe
Dave Koser
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

Pamela Grow
Bradford Smith
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


Proposal from Planned Parenthood of Georgia to the Atlanta Women's Foundation

Funding request to increase awareness and accessibility of the HPV vaccine.

Proposal from Project Open Hand Atlanta to The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Request for support of meal delivery program for low-income people with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Proposal from Project Return to Allianz Foundation for North America

Request to fund a community training program to increase awareness of issues and challenges facing adolescent girls.

Proposal from Rush University Medical Center to the Retirement Research Foundation

Request for support of online curriculum to train physicians in assessing patients' capacity to make decisions.

Proposal from Southeast Community College to Community Health Endowment of Lincoln

Request to fund a community college program to train medical interpreters.

Classes & Events


Proposal Writing Boot Camp

Jul 28, 2015, 9:00 am - Jul 30, 2015 4:00 pm
Atlanta, Georgia | Classroom

Join us for three days of immersion into the proposal writing process and discover how to craft a compelling proposal package. You’ll become familiar with the components of a competitive grant proposal and a well-organized budget, and you’ll develop a targeted list of foundation funding prospects.


Introduction to Proposal Writing (formerly Proposal Writing Basics)

Jul 30, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 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!


Proposal Budgeting Basics

Jul 30, 2015, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cleveland, Ohio | Classroom

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


Proposal Budgeting Basics

Aug 6, 2015, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Washington, District of Columbia | Classroom

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


Proposal Writing Workshop

Aug 7, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francsico , California | Classroom

Using group exercises, case studies, and the participant’s own proposal outline, the Proposal Writing Workshop will help participants understand the components of a competitive grant proposal, discover what grantmakers consider “red flags,” and learn how to cultivate potential institutional donors.


Online Classes


Proposal Writing Short Course

Self-Paced eLearning  |  Free

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. Offered in English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Proposal Budgeting Basics Tutorial

Self-Paced eLearning  |  Free

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. Offered in English and Spanish.

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

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.


Miyesha Perry Chappell
Sep 20, 2012

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


Philanthropy Chat - Benton Murphy on Letters of Intent/Inquiry - 2010-04-08
Apr 08, 2010

Philanthropy Chat: Benton Murphy on Letters of Intent/Inquiry


Dalya Massachi
Jun 17, 2009

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