Proposal Development: Project Design

Event Date

Wednesday, 31st July 2019

9:30 am

Topic: The fundamentals of project design  

Location: Hayweight House, Edinburgh 

Time: 09:30-13:00 

Date: Wednesday 31st July 

TrainerCeris Jones 

Who is it for: this workshop series will be useful for small charities who would like to work towards re-submitting a previously unsuccessful proposal, or those who are looking to put together future proposals. It will be particularly useful for members who are unfamiliar with the implications of donor policies/ requirements on project proposals (e.g. Scottish Government, Department for International Development). 

Session objectives: 

  1. To draw on best practice when designing an international development project  
  2. Use various methodologies and tools to design participatory, demand-driven and strategic projects 
  3. Articulate persuasively how a project is designed to meet a specified need

Why you should attend

There is plenty of advice available online about writing fundable project proposals, and there is lots of  information provided by various donors about the application process for funds like the Scottish Government small grants and the UK Department for International Development’s Small Charities Challenge Fund.  

However, have you ever stopped to think, does the project I am planning meet the needs expressed by the community or the in-country partner? Can I clearly express the problem that the project aims to solve? Do I have the evidence and statistics to explain the rationale for the project? Does the project design really have a feasible and realistic strategy for reaching the hard to reach? 

The first half-day workshop in this new five-part series will introduce you to various tools and methodologies that will help you to  design a project that meets an expressed need, embeds inclusive and gender-sensitive programming and speaks to donor priorities. The workshop will cover different tools to help you undertake a needs analysis, including using problem trees. The workshop will also introduce stakeholder mapping tools and discuss different ways to make projects more inclusive. Finally, the workshop will give a brief introduction to logframes, how they can be used to plan projects and their utility within funding proposals. 

Members’ application success rate

Of the most recent 18 Scottish Government Small Grantees awarded in 2019-20, 13 of the organisations are current members of the Alliance. Of the nine organisations who were supported through the application process, either through an application review or via Alliance mentoring, seven of our members were successful at obtaining grants.  


Please note that spaces for this training session are capped at ten to ensure that there is a conducive learning environment for everyone. Places are limit to one attendee per member organisation.  

This training session is free for Alliance members. Not yet a Member? Find out how to join The Alliance or contact us if you have any questions about membership.  

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