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How to Write a Successful Proposal

How to Write a Successful Proposal

MCF will be holding an informative one day training session on “How to Write a Successful Proposal” on Tuesday 7th May 2013 at Zakat House, London.

Have you ever applied for funding at a foundation, trust or donor agency? Are you frustrated at the number of rejections without an explanation on how you could improve your proposal?

The mantra for this training session is: “Great ideas, presented in bad proposals, do not attract funding”. This session will focus on helping participants structure and present their ideas in a way that will be attractive to funders and increase their chance in achieving a successful proposal.

During this session you will learn about:
• Budget
• The do’s and don’ts
• Finding the right opportunities
• Differences between proposals for governmental donor agencies, trusts and foundations
• Focus
• Structure and Logic
• Style and Presentation

Why choose this course?
Applying for funding is a process that takes time, research and a lot of effort. A proposal is essentially the foundation of a relationship between you and a funding body. It requires you to be informative, interesting and persuasive to make your proposal stand out in the right way. The relationship between a funder and charity goes two ways: a charity needs funds to implement projects, and funders want to know where their funds are being spent. Do this in the correct way to achieve a successful proposal.

We will be giving each participant a variety of resources on proposal writing which will support you on the course as well as when you get down to writing your proposal.

Learn how to make your proposal stand out. Book your place today!

The cost of this training is £185. MCF members will receive a 20% discount. To receive your discount code, please call 020 7845 7604 or email

To book your place, please complete the online booking form ( If you are unable to pay by credit or debit card please call 020 7845 7604. The booking deadline is Wednesday 1st May 2013.

About the trainer:
Willem van Eekelen

Willem van Eekelen is a development economist. He built his experience in various UN agencies and NGOs before turning to consultancy work. Most of Willem’s current work is related to programme evaluations, proposal assessments, and organisational capacity building.

Willem is the Vice-Chair of People In Aid, and a visiting lecturer at the University in Birmingham.

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