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Proposal Writing Boot Camp

Monday, October 30, 2017 9:00 am - Nov 1, 2017 4:00 pm 
In-person | New York, NY

This event is no longer available.

This three-day immersion course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to become effective proposal writers: using a program/project logic model to craft the proposal narrative,  researching foundation funding sources, planning your approach to institutional grantmakers, understanding the components of a project budget, and writing sections of the proposal and letter of inquiry.


Attendees will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal to a foundation and learn best practices for developing a well-organized budget and a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. The three days include a variety of individual writing time, small group discussions and large group lecture. Activities include peer review and creating sample documents and budgets. Participants will be encouraged to approach their proposal from the funder’s perspective and to think critically about what makes a compelling pitch. 


  • The proposal from the grantmaker perspective—what they are looking for and why
  • The elements of a proposal, letter of inquiry, and online applicationsand how to frame your application
  • Crafting a budget that conveys an accurate picture of your project and its needs
  • How to analyze and evaluate prospects using Foundation Directory Online Professional to determine a potential fit

You will:

  • Develop a project/program logic model to get you started with a strong proposal narrative
  • Practice writing components of the proposal
  • Give and receive peer feedback to help strengthen your case for support
  • Review a variety of proposal budget formats and develop a project budget
  • Research potential funding partners using Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Online access to course worksheets
  • Comprehensive workbook with samples 
  • 2 WEEKS access to Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Understand the proposal and/or letter of inquiry’s role in the fundraising process and why it is important
  • Be prepared to target and approach institutional grantmakers
  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to write effective proposals
  • Understand how to use budgeting tools and formats to meet funders’ requirements

Intended audiences:

  • Individuals who have some fundraising experience and want to hone their foundation proposal writing skills
  • Individuals who want to begin a career as a grant writer and have a specific project in mind
  • Consultants who want to expand their services to include proposal development


32 Old Slip, 24th floor
New York, NY 10005

This event is no longer available.

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