Funding Proposal

When will you need us?

  • When you have an organisational financing strategy which includes raising money from donors
  • When you have a project idea for which you need donor funding.
  • When a donor asks you to present a funding proposal for a project.

Buck Consulting will assist you in developing a Funding Proposal that will convince the prospective donor of two things:

  • That a problem need of significant magnitude exists, and
  • That the applicant agency has the means and the imagination to solve the problem or meet the need

Format
When no specific format or guidance is given by the funding source, we usually assume that the proposal should be no more than 15 pages in length (single-spaced) and should include the following sections:

  • Qualifications of the Organization
  • Problem Statement or Needs Assessment
  • Program Goals and Objectives
  • Methodology
  • Evaluation
  • Future Funding
  • Budget
  • Appendices

Proposal Writing Process
Applicants must write funding proposals, submit them, receive notice of acceptance or rejection, and then revise their proposals. Unsuccessful grant applicants must revise and resubmit their proposals during the next funding cycle. Successful grant applications and the resulting research lead to ideas for further research and new grant proposals.

Cultivating an ongoing, positive relationship with funding agencies may lead to additional grants down the road. Thus, we advice our clients to make sure they file progress reports and final reports in a timely and professional manner. Although some successful grant applicants may fear that funding agencies will reject future proposals because they have already received “enough” funding, the truth is that money follows money. Individuals or projects awarded grants in the past are more competitive and thus more likely to receive funding in the future.

General Tips

  • Begin early.
  • Apply early and often.
  • Do not forget to include a cover letter with your application.
  • Answer all questions (Pre-empt all unstated questions).
  • If rejected, revise your proposal and apply again.
  • Give them what they want. Follow the application guidelines exactly.
  • Be explicit and specific.
  • Be realistic in designing the project.
  • Make explicit the connections between your research questions and objectives, your objectives and methods, your methods and results, and your results and dissemination plan.
  • Follow the application guidelines exactly (We have repeated this tip because it is very, very important).