Proposal Development: Better Budgets

Event Date

Wednesday, 7th August 2019

9:30 am

Topic:  Designing a compliant and realistic budget for a project proposal 

Location: Raeburn Room, Mansfield Traquair House, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB 

Time: 09:30-13:00 

Date: Wednesday 7th August 

Trainer: Pamela Redpath 

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. Identify best practice designing a budget for an international development project 
  2. Use methodologies to calculate full cost recovery, overheads and currency exchange costs 
  3. Understand what is required by development donors in funding proposals 
  4. Articulate in a written project proposal the value for money of a proposal

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, are you still confused about the eligibility of costs and how to factor in considerations like overheads or currency fluctuations? Do you know how to talk about your project’s approach to value for money and financial sustainability? Unsure how much money to earmark for monitoring and evaluation in the project budget? 

The second half-day workshop in the new five-part series will introduce various tools to help you create a realistic and feasible project budget. The session will cover various donor budget templates, creating compelling budget narratives that discuss value for money and the perennial questions that arise when planning international development projects, such as currency conversion. 

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. 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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